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Information for
health professionals

Background

In 2019 over 2000 people contracted measles, with over 700 needing hospitalisation. The majority of people who got infected were between the ages of 16-30 and weren't immunised.

In CCDHB and HVDHB area up to 36,000 young people do not have an electronic MMR record.

 

Information for General Practice

The Government has extended their previously youth focused year-long national measles campaign to ensure that everyone has received both doses of their MMR vaccination. In order to continue this work please opportunistically offer MMR vaccinations to people who have no MMR records where possible.

Most people will not know their immunisation status. If there is no recorded dose of MMR on the NIR or Patient Management System (PMS), then it is best to offer an MMR vaccination.*

*Where clinically appropriate.

There is no clinical risk of receiving a third MMR (so long as it is four weeks from the last dose).

 

Eligibility and Funding

While people born after 1 Jan 1990 should be targeted first, everyone in a General Practice’s enrolled population born after 1 Jan 1969 remains eligible for two recorded MMR vaccines.

No co-payment is to be charged to people for the administration of the MMR vaccine for eligible users.

General Practice will be funded via the normal mechanism for immunisation claims for their enrolled population born after 1 Jan 1969 and also to provide opportunistic immunisations to casual patients.

 

MMR and Pfizer vaccine

After releasing updated information in September 2021, IMAC has stated that there is no stand-down period between the vaccines, and they can be co-administered.

Click here for more detailed information.

 

Pharmacies

A list of pharmacies that are providing MMR vaccinations can be found here.

If the person is born after 1st of Jan 1969 and unsure if they have received an MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine they should be offered an MMR vaccine.

Reporting

Please ensure you enter all vaccinations on the NIR immediately after vaccinating.

Please note: Unlike childhood vaccines, adult vaccines will not have any PMS/NIR scheduling options. Therefore, any recalls required for additional vaccines will need to be completed manually.

 

MMR stock and ordering

Please ensure that you only order what you will use as bulk orders can have impacts on local supply distribution and can have effects on providers delivering MMR.

 

We need your help to:

  1. Put measures in place to promote, educate and offer MMR.
  2. Ensure you have appropriate stock of MMR for your population – Do not over order.

Resources

Guardians of the Future promotional resources, including translations, can be found here.