An Auckland paramedic’s warning about measles has gone viral on Facebook after he posted a photo with a simple message: “Please vaccinate.”
After transporting another patient who has contracted measles to Middlemore Hospital in Auckland, Brendan Peat wrote: “Time for a plug as the outbreak slowly turns towards an epidemic”.
The post comes as the number of affected Aucklanders grows to 762 this year. This is certain to break 1000 within days at the current rates of transmission.
Measles, which is preventable through vaccination, can cause death or long-lasting health problems, though no Kiwis have died in the current outbreak – the worst since 1997.
“Please trust science, and vaccinate not only kids but adults too against such an easy preventable disease which is proven safe and effective,” Peat shared to his Facebook page.
Since uploaded one week ago, the post has garnered over four thousand reactions, and over four thousand shares.
Australian Premier of Victoria, Dan Andrews, has shared the photo to his own Facebook, adding, “It’s relevant over there. It’s relevant here. It’s relevant everywhere.
“This is exactly why we brought in No Jab, No Play laws, and why we’re making it mandatory for front-line health workers to be fully vaccinated.”
The No Jab, No Play laws were introduced by the the Labor Government in 2016 and requires all kids in Victoria to be vaccinated against deadly but preventable diseases. It further demands all parents show their Immunisation History Statements to their childcare provider twice a year.
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