Measles is highly contagious and easily preventable
Measles is a highly infectious virus that spreads easily from person to person through the air, via breathing, coughing and sneezing. It affects both children and adults.
If you or someone in your family has suspected measles call your family doctor immediately, or the Healthline on 0800 611 116 for free advice 24 hours a day 7 days per week.
Two doses of the measles vaccine is all you need to protect yourself, your family and your community. Vaccination is particularly important if you are planning to travel anywhere overseas - to protect yourself and to help prevent outbreaks in New Zealand.
Check with your family doctor whether you and your family have been fully immunised against measles - especially if you were born after 1968.
Further information is available on our dedicated measles page (public health topics > infectious diseases > measles) alternatively, you can visit the Ministry of Health website at www.health.govt.nz/measles