Update 11/6/19: over 100 cases in total in Auckland, Public Health has now advised to give the 15 month MMR vaccine at 12 months old. We will be actively recalling our patients older than 12 months to have their MMR vaccine earlier.
Update 24/5/19: 69 cases in total in Auckland, including 5 in North Shore. There is a steady increase of 1-2 cases per day, affecting people who are not vaccinated. People under 50 who are not vaccinated are urged to get the MMR vaccine, and babies who are too young for the MMR vaccine (younger than 15 months) are advised to avoid large gathering/events and ensure the family are vaccinated.
Update 11/4/19: 18 cases in total in Auckland, most are in Central and West Auckland. One case visited Glenfield Whitecross on 4/4/19 between 6:30pm to 8:45pm.
Update 27/3/19: 4 new cases but are household members of existing case. 1 new case, visited supermarkets in Silverdale & Orewa on 18/3/19. Currently we are not in outbreak status, and MMR vaccines are given as per normal schedule.
Update 21/3/19: limited MMR vaccine stock until May, public health advised to give priority to the normal childhood scheduled 15 months old and 4 years old, as well as the unvaccinated. Those aged over 50 are considered immune. Those aged 29 to 50 likely had one dose of MMR and are 95% protected, so to wait to have second dose once supply restored.
Update 18/3/19: 4 total confirmed cases of measles in Auckland this year, possible exposure at University of Auckland, Wesley Market Mt Roskill & Life Central church event Mt Eden. However they are acquired overseas and not linked to the Christchurch outbreak. See Auckland Regional Public Health Service for more information.
There has been a sudden rise in measles in Christchurch recently, and it is a timely reminder that this is a preventable disease that is on the rise due to declining rates of vaccination, mainly in children. Normally, this is given at age 15 months and age 4 years as part of the childhood immunisation schedule.
People born in NZ before 1969 are considered immune due to the high rates of measles in the past. People born after 1969 and before 1992 are likely to only received one dose of the MMR vaccine, and are considered susceptible. People born after 1992 will have been offered two doses of MMR vaccine which is needed to achieve full protection.
If you are unsure or know that you have not received two doses, you can ring us 09 444 5911 to book your free MMR vaccine.