Wondering where to go for accurate and reliable information on measles?

Contact your GP or Healthline (0800 611 116) if you have any concerns.

If you think you or your child has measles or been in contact with someone with measles please do not walk in to your GP clinic: telephone them first.

All patients born after 1969 and eligible for New Zealand healthcare are entitled to 2 doses of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine in their lifetime – please check your immunisation history.

Priority for immunisation will be people at greatest risk: infants and young children, and adolescents and young adults without any history of prior immunisation.

Infants are recommended to receive their MMR vaccinations, on time, at 15 months and 4 years of age along with other immunisations scheduled.

Adolescents to adults aged under 50 years: to conserve vaccine supplies, can receive one dose of MMR and then be recalled for their second dose in 3-6 months time. One dose of MMR vaccine is 90–95% protective from measles.

Adults aged 50 years or older are considered to be immune from (protected through past exposure to) measles as the disease was so common and is so infectious. MMR vaccination is not generally indicated for these adults.

If you are unsure whether a particular person is likely to be susceptible to measles, please call Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) on 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863).

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Date posted: 12 July, 2019