Measles Information and Update
New Zealand continues to see an increasing number of measles cases daily. There are now outbreaks of measles in Samoa, Tonga and Fiji. It is important to make sure that you and your family get immunised against measles with the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine at least 2 weeks prior to travelling to any of these countries. For a full list of outbreak countries and the immunisations you require visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/measles-global
Children and MMR Vaccination
Children 6-11 months can get one dose of MMR through primary care. They will still require two additional doses after their first birthday.
Children are to be immunised at 12months of age in the Auckland region instead of 15months until further notice and 4 years. Ensure that your child is up to date with all their immunisations if you have any questions contact your practice nurse.
MMR vaccination for under 50 years
If you are aged 50years and under you are entitled to a free MMR vaccine if you do not have any documented proof of MMR. If you are unsure speak with your practice nurse. There are no safety concerns if you get four MMR immunisations in your lifetime. Serology is not recommended.
MMR in pregnancy
Pregnant women are unable be immunised against measles as it is a live vaccine. This means that the immunisation has a weakened form of the virus and we cannot guarantee the safety of your unborn child.
If you are pregnant it is not advised to travel to the affected regions. Protect yourself by making sure those around you are immunised against measles. If you suspect you may have measles or come into contact with a person who has measles contact your GP clinic immediately via phone.
MMR vaccination for over 50
For those over 50 years you are immune to measles as there was enough measles in the general population prior to the 1970s.
For further information about the New Zealand Measles outbreak visit https://www.arphs.health.nz/public-health-topics/disease-and-illness/measles/