Minister Brad Hazzard has praised NSW Health staff deployed to help Australian
and New Zealand medical teams combat a deadly measles outbreak in Samoa.
is a tragic situation facing the people of Samoa, and I am very pleased NSW
Health can offer our Pacific neighbours urgent medical help,” Mr Hazzard said.
want to personally thank the dedicated team of doctors and nurses who are going
to Samoa to join the Commonwealth response team to help with vaccinations and
treating those infected. You all do amazing work.”
infections rising, Samoa has declared a state of emergency. Sixteen children
have died and up to 300 others are infected.
current deployment from NSW left for Samoa last week and are expected to be in
the country for at least a fortnight.
of Health Epidemiologist Dr Sean Tobin is working on the ground with Paediatric
Intensive care Nurses, Dominic Sertori, from Sydney Children’s Hospital
Westmead, and Lynette Hagarty, an Aeromedical Flight Nurse from NSW Ambulance.
risk of measles being imported, travellers should ensure they are vaccinated.
The current outbreak is believed to have started in New Zealand with other
pacific nations such as Fiji also affected.
is a vaccine-preventable disease that is highly contagious and spread through
the air when someone who is infectious coughs or sneezes.
Health makes the measles vaccine available free for anyone born during or after
1966 who doesn’t have two documented doses of measles vaccine.
NSW Government is investing $130 million in the 2019-20 Immunisation Program
budget, including Commonwealth and state vaccines.
Annual Immunisation Coverage Report shows vaccination rates in NSW are at their
highest level ever, with more than 95 per cent of five year olds vaccinated
against measles. For
more information on measles: www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/Measles