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World UN agencies tell Pacific to vaccinate against measles

00:45  07 november  2019
00:45  07 november  2019 Source:   radionz.co.nz

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The World Health Organisation and the UN children's agency UNICEF are urging people in the Pacific to get immunised against measles.

They said this should happen before travelling internationally, attending major events or community gatherings.

In this Jan. 30, 2019, file photo, a sign posted at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver, Wash., warns patients and visitors of a measles outbreak. The focus on measles in the Pacific Northwest intensified Friday, March 1, 2019, as public health officials in Oregon announced a new case of the highly contagious disease unrelated to an ongoing outbreak in Washington state that's sickened 68 people so far. © AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus, File In this Jan. 30, 2019, file photo, a sign posted at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver, Wash., warns patients and visitors of a measles outbreak. The focus on measles in the Pacific Northwest intensified Friday, March 1, 2019, as public health officials in Oregon announced a new case of the highly contagious disease unrelated to an ongoing outbreak in Washington state that's sickened 68 people so far.

Vaccination provided the best protection against measles and parents should get their children immunised, the agencies said.

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In October, Samoa and Tonga both declared measles outbreaks.

Both UNICEF and the WHO said they were continuing to provide resources to Pacific states to respond to the measles threat.

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