New Zealand calls for vaccination against measles following outbreak

Vials of measles mumps and rubella vaccine

Vials of measles mumps and rubella vaccine

The MMR vaccine which immunizes against measles is still available at a number of locations in Vancouver, including community health centres, walk-in clinics, and family doctors' offices.

Measles are continuing to spread in Canterbury, with a Christchurch police prosecutor among the latest to reportedly contract the virus.

The incident is related to an out-of-state case of measles that was contracted by the recipient while traveling.

"It's not the low rates of vaccination, it's the fact that measles is such a contagious virus - it's the most contagious virus known to human-kind".

One child with measles walking through a school will pretty much infect every other susceptible person in that school.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared measles eliminated in the United States in 2000, thanks to widespread use of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine.

Even though the vaccine is highly effective, globally around 110,000 people died from measles in 2017, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Schroeder said treatment during measles outbreaks normally focused on increasing childhood vaccinations but a third of the current cases were in the 29-50 age group.

Minister of health, Dr David Clarke, said government health officials were "closely monitoring" the situation in Canterbury to try and prevent the disease spreading to other parts of the country.

Washington is one of the states that allows parents to opt out of giving their children vaccines because of "personal beliefs".

Next week, an additional 18,000 vaccines will be delivered and there will be thousands more shipped in the following week. Clark County Public Health does not provide immunizations or testing for immunity.

"If one person has the disease, nine out of 10 of the people around him or her will become infected if they are not vaccinated".