An outbreak of measles in New Zealand's South Island kept spreading while health authorities order emergency supplies of vaccines.
To combat the outbreak, around 3000 and a further 18000 doses of measles vaccine have been sent to Canterbury this week. They will be available for use from Wednesday.
Health officials say at no point has there been a shortage of measles vaccine in Vancouver, and people should still be getting immunized to prevent more cases from popping up, especially if they plan on travelling.
Thousands of vaccines are being delivered to health centres in the Canterbury district, which includes Christchurch, as the potentially life-threatening disease widened to more than 20 confirmed cases.
Nerius did not receive a measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine as a kid because his parents believed the misinformation being spread by anti-vaxers.
"Measles is one of the most infectious viruses on earth, and possibly the most contagious among people".
Even though the vaccine is highly effective, globally around 110,000 people died from measles in 2017, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Mann says Measles can spread rapidly - and the initial symptoms of the disease can be a bit vague.
The number of recorded measles infections globally doubled to 229,000 previous year, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in February.
Given their higher risk, our focus over the short term is to provide MMR immunizations to those under 29 years who are not fully vaccinated.
The Canterbury district health board said in a statement, "Unimmunized people who come within two meters of an infectious person, however briefly, have a 90% chance of contracting measles".
The number of new measles cases in the first two months of this year already surpasses the entire annual totals of all but three years since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000.