(fashion) A paramedic's message to anti-vaxxer parents has gone viral as a devastating measles 'epidemic' grips New Zealand.
Ambulance Officer Brendan Peat shared a photo to Facebook of himself, cladded in scrubs, sitting in the back of an ambulance holding up the sign reading: 'Please vaccinate'.
A co-worker took the photo of Mr Peat with the scribbled cardboard-sheet sign just after they had transported yet another measles victim to Middlemore hospital.
Pictured: New Zealand Ambulance Officer Brendan Peat shared a photo to Facebook on 24 of August of himself, cladded in scrubs, sitting in the back of an ambulance holding up the touching words 'Please Vaccinate
The post has garnered over 4,000 reactions in just over a week as confirmed cases of measles in the country for 2019 alone reached 778 on Saturday.
The frustrated health care worker made an urgent plea to anti-vaxxers to immunise themselves and their children.
'Time for a plug as the outbreak slowly turns towards an epidemic, another one tonight,' he wrote.
'616 cases of measles this year, with over 400 in counties Manukau affecting mostly 0-4yrs and 15-29yr olds.
'Please trust science, and vaccinate not only kids but adults too against such an easy preventable disease which is proven safe and effective.'
The post has garnered over 4000 reactions in just over a week as confirmed cases of measles (pictured- stock image) in the country for 2019 alone reached 778 on Saturday
Mr Peat stated that he was noticing the effects of the epidemic first hand as one of the country's busiest hospitals, in a low socio-economic area opened a new ward to handle cases.
'Middlemore now has a specific measles ward seeing 3 new cases a day,' he wrote.
'The aircon has been turned off in the kids department in an attempt to prevent the spread.'
On Sunday, alarms were issued across more than 20 Auckland secondary schools when a student was diagnosed with the disease after attending a mixed-school ball on Saturday night.
St Peter's College headmaster James Bentley told NZ Herald that parents whose children