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.