Latest information for the Wellington region

Updated 18 September 2019

There is a large and increasing measles outbreak in Auckland which is likely to continue in New Zealand for several months. For an update on the number of cases across NZ, visit the Ministry of Health website.

The Ministry of Health have advised the priority for MMR vaccinations should be:

All of New Zealand (except Auckland)
  • ensure all children receive their vaccinations on time at 15 months and 4 years to maintain the National Childhood Immunisation Schedule
  • susceptible close contacts within 72 hours of first exposure to measles when possible.

Further information can be found in the National Health Advisory.

NOTE: 95% of people who have had 1 dose of MMR will be protected from measles disease. The reason we give the second dose is to increase the proportion of people protected to approx 99%.

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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 29 November 2019.