Latest information for the Wellington region

Measles is still present in Auckland but the number of cases has decreased significantly since the peak in mid-September. Samoa has a large ongoing measles outbreak.

The Ministry of Health have advised the national priorities for MMR vaccination are:

  • Ensure all children receive their Schedule vaccines on time at 15 months and 4 years.
  • Susceptible close contacts of a confirmed case within 72 hours of first exposure to measles when possible.
  • Babies aged six months to 11 months who live in Auckland or who are travelling to Auckland or overseas to a country that has an active outbreak of measles.
  • Actively recall children aged under 5 years who need catch-up MMR vaccination.
  • Opportunistically offer one catch-up dose of MMR for children aged 5 years to under 15 years who do not have one documented MMR vaccination
  • Un-immunised eligible people under the age of 50 travelling from New Zealand to Samoa, Tonga, Philippines and Fiji.

Further information can be found on the public health alert distributed on 9 December.

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Information on measles

Information on measles, including symptoms, is available on the following websites:

What to do if you think you have measles

If you think you have measles, it’s important to see a doctor. Ring the doctor before visiting to let them know you think you have measles. When you get to the health centre or hospital, stay in the car and call (or if you have someone with you send them in) to say you’ve arrived. This will help avoid spreading the virus in the waiting room.

You can also call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for free health advice.


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Last updated 13 December 2019.