I'm a bit of a germophobe and it's all very well to wash hands and sterilise your phone constantly but when germs are airborne one can only hold one's breath for so long.

This was me over the weekend after I found myself in the thick of the measles epidemic at a sports tournament in Takanini. The 13-year-old basketballer was heading down with the team Friday night and, after hearing of the outbreak, I phoned his doctor that day to check if he was immunised.

All three kids were up-to-date with their vaccinations but was I, asked the nurse. I

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