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Note: measles immunisation is free.
There is a large and ongoing outbreak of measles in Christchurch. Auckland, Bay of Plenty, and Dunedin have now also reported measles cases.
MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine, given on-time, is the best way to prevent measles. It is available free in New Zealand to people born on/after 1 January 1969 and two doses of the MMR vaccine is 99% effective in preventing measles.
- Children: parents should check their children's Plunket or Well Child/Tamariki Ora book to confirm they are protected. See above FAQs
- Adults: if unsure if you're protected, check your personal health records e.g. your Plunket or Well Child/Tamariki Ora book. See above FAQs
- Phone your local medical centre to arrange to be immunised if not protected.
- Don’t delay: it takes 14 days to develop protection after immunisation.