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HEALTH UPDATE

Lisa Cooke —

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Measles

The best advice if you're concerned about measles is to contact your GP and seek further advice and also check your child's immunisations are up-to-date. For further health information on measles please go to the Ministry of Health website http://www.moh.govt.nz or the Immunisation Advisory Centre website http://www.immune.org.nz You can also call the Immunisation Advisory Centre toll-free line 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863) for advice.

Ring Worm

The infection usually starts as flat, scaly spots with a raised red border that spreads outwards in a circle. The border may be scaly and may blister, while the centre of the area often becomes more normal in appearance with fine scaling. Ringworm is often itchy.  Most cases of body ringworm can be treated with medicines from a pharmacy.   See your doctor if your child also has a fever or if non-prescription treatments from the pharmacy have not worked. 

Impetigo/School Sore

Impetigo is a very contagious skin infection. This means it easily spreads from one person to another.  Impetigo is found generally on the hands and face, especially around the nose and mouth. It can also affect other areas.  Children should see a doctor for assessment and treatment. Careful cleaning of the sores and the use of antiseptic or antibiotic cream may be advised. Sometimes oral antibiotics are prescribed.  Keep affected areas covered with a plaster or dressing and stay away from school or childcare until at least 24 hours after treatment started or as advised by your doctor.

Threadworms

Threadworms are spread from human to human. They are not carried by animals so don't come from pets. Threadworms are spread easily within families, creches and daycare centres, schools, and camps. If one person in your family has threadworms, others probably do too.

You can buy worm medication such as mebendazole from your pharmacy. This medication will kill the worms in your gut but will not kill the eggs that have been laid around your anus (bottom). Eggs can survive for up to 2 weeks outside your body, on underwear or bedding, and in dust, so proper hygiene measures are important.

  • All household members, including adults and those without symptoms, should be treated with worm medicine at the same time.
  • It is recommended you take 2 doses of mebendazole – one dose initially and another dose 2 weeks later.
  • Read more about mebendazole.

Headlice

We have had reports of head lice right throughout the school (and wider Wakatipu)!

Please check your child's hair and treat accordingly. Here is a great video on how to look for headlice.  Please following this link for Ministry of Health Guidelines. If you are unsure, please also see the attached PDF for more information.

Information

For more information about some of the health issues listed above, please go to this link