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August 9, 2022

Byron student diagnosed with measles

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Be alert for measles in the Byron Bay area, says the North Coast Public Health Unit.

The unit issued a statement last Friday saying a Byron Bay High School student has been diagnosed with measles.

‘This student also travelled to and from school on the Bangalow–Byron Bus (Blanch’s Bus Service – bus numbers 32 and 30).

‘Three other people in the Byron Bay area have been diagnosed with measles over the past two weeks.’

Mr Paul Corben, director of North Coast Public Health Unit, said that measles is highly infectious among people who are not fully immunised.

‘Measles is spread through coughing and sneezing. Symptoms can include fever, tiredness, runny nose, cough, and sore red eyes, which usually last for several days before a red blotchy rash appears.

‘Complications range from an ear infection and diarrhoea through to pneumonia and swelling of the brain (encephalitis),’ Mr Corben said.

Mr Corben added that vaccination with measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is the only way to prevent infection.

Byron Bay and nearby areas have among the lowest vaccination rates in Australia so further cases may occur.

For more information on measles, visit www.health.nsw.gov.au.


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14 COMMENTS

  1. it is very well to live an alternative lifestyle and everybody is welcome to do so but nobody has the right to put the health of others into jeopardy by refusing to vaccinate their children. It is time the government stops
    any kids that are not vaccinated from attending any sort of kinder gardens and schools. Why should other peoples children be put at risk because of some misguided believes of some parents. The reason that measles, small-pocks and other illnesses have been virtually eliminated from Australia is because responsible parents vaccinate their kids, the risks from a bad reaction to a vaccine are minimal and the reasons for rare cases of measles is because the majority of parents do the right thing. When it was time to vaccinate my children I made a detailed study of the for and against case and came to the conclusion that the anti vaccination case is based on false information, misguided believes and lots of hysteria and bad research. I suppose it is the same people that make a lot of noise against fluoride in the water that are part of the Northern Rivers alternative weirdos etc.No I am not a medical doctor and not on the payroll of any pharmaceutical multinational, all I have is a healthy concern for my children and a decent amount of common sense

  2. I can’t get my head around people who think immunisation is some kind of conspiracy theory in which the medical profession is trying to kill children.

    I have kids too and I would not like them not to die of a preventable disease because of people’s extreme ignorance and lack of compassion for our children.

    If you don’t won’t to believe in medicine / science then that is fine but don’t risk the lives of all of our children – please!

  3. Ah well, it is the region with the unenviable reputation of having the highest number of ‘refuseniks’ when it comes to childhood vaccinations, fluoridation etc.

  4. There are a couple of important facts lacking in this article. Mr Corben made no mention of the fact that measles is usually quite a mild disease, and complications are quite rare. It may be of interest to some people that complications usually only arise in nutrient deficient, immunocompromised individuals, especially those with a poor vitamin A status. So if you are worried about your children getting sick, a simple solution is to give them some cod liver oil, or another vitamin A supplement, and they will avoid any complications. The vaccination however, is not so natural and simple, there may be many side-effects experienced as it does contain toxic substances. A case of the prevention being worse than the disease I’m afraid.

      • Most of the “literature” for the above views can be traced to that debunked paper from years ago that was discredited, withdrawn and the author was disbarred from medicine. However by the time that happened, the damage is done. And what better spreads than a scary urban legend?

    • Can you tell us what these “toxic” ingredients actually are? And by the way, measles can be fatal. It’s certainly not something you would want your children to catch.

  5. The anti vax crew are the flat earthers. Some of the rubbish Meryl and crew put on their web site as so called “balanced information” is ridiculous. No such thing as evidence based medicine for them. They are so caught up with Big Pharma conspiracy stuff its beyond a joke.

  6. Sorry, Lee Keegan, your comments are just wrong. Comments such as saying if you have cod lived oil or vitamin A supplement and you will avoid any complications are just completely untrue. The risk- benefit ratio for measles vaccination is way, way ,way in the direction of favouring immunisation. Complications of MMR vaccination are almost always mild and uncommon. Complications of measles are fairly common even in those without vitamin A deficiency ( though the death rate certainly is much higher in vitamin A deficient kids) and more severe. It is sad to see such blatant disinformation bandied about.

    Rod McClymont
    Paediatrician

  7. Lee, you are very misinformed about measles. 25% of people with measles will get serious complications. As a 2 year old I got measles and ended up in hospital with pneumonia and otitis media. I was regularly fed cod liver oil as a child but I still got serious measles – sorry but there goes your theory

  8. Measles? Quite a mild disease? What planet are you living on, Lee Keegan? Measles is a very serious disease, which kills around 1 to 3 people in every thousand who catch it, even with the very best health care. In third world countries your “mild disease” typically kills 20 to 30% of people who catch it.

    And it’s not just the those it kills that it harms: around 10% of children who catch it need to be admitted to hospital, and of those 10% around 2 to 3 in every ten end up in intensive care. And anyone who catches measles is at risk of developing pneumonia, bronchitis and/or encephalitis. it can also cause blindness, and permanent brain damage, especially in those who develop encephalitis.

    Mild? I would hate to think what you would call a serious disease. There is no specific treatment for measles; the only way to prevent it is through vaccination. See your doctor for advice on vaccination; they will tell you that measles is serious and vaccination is both safe and effective.

  9. My observations on the debate about vaccination is that many discussions/ online comments etc are highjacked in Australia by a Facebook hate group called SAVN. The SAVN use many tactics to bully those with a different view to themselves. I expect some of the above comments to originate from the SAVN membership (a cursory search on Facebook/ Google would likely show the use of fictitious names). An interesting published paper by Prof. Brian Martin details the tactics the SAVN (http://www.bmartin.cc/pubs/13townsend.html).

    Back to the subject though – a down-to-earth article about the subject can be found at: http://themattwalshblog.com/2013/09/07/i-am-a-biological-terrorist-because-my-kids-didnt-get-a-vaccine/

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