There are over 1403 cases of measles to date in Auckland.
Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very serious. In the websites below, you’ll find information on what symptoms to look out for, how to best protect yourself and others, as well as what actions to take if you’ve been in contact with someone with measles. Vaccination is the BEST way to prevent measles. In order to manage stock general practices are required to vaccinate children age 12 months and 4 years as part of the scheduled vaccination programme. They can also vaccinate people under 30 years who have no proof they have been vaccinated with the MMR vaccine with a focus on Maori and Pacific people as they have the highest percentage of measles cases. GPs can advise if babies aged between 6 – 12 are at risk of getting measles and should have the MMR vaccine. Pregnant women unsure of their measles immunity can have a blood test and if they have been vaccinated with MMR it is unlikely they will catch measles.
If you are concerned about measles call Healthline on 0800 611 116 or call your GP.
Please do not just turn up to your GP, after hours or emergency department as you could potentially infect others. It is best if you ring ahead.
For more information, we recommend the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS)
and the Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) https://www.immune.org.nz/diseases/measles