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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 launched a year-long national measles campaign with a focus on making sure that young people aged 15 to 30 years have received both doses of their MMR vaccination.

  • From 15 June until 31 October - Opportunistically offer MMR vaccinations to 15 to 30 year olds.
  • From 1 November onwards - We are asking General Practices to consider recalling 15 to 30 year olds in their enrolled population who have not yet been fully immunised against measles for an MMR vaccine.

Most people in the target age group will not know their immunisation status. If there is no recorded dose of MMR on the NIR or Patient Management System (PMS) and they are aged between 15 and 30 years old, 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 15 to 30 years olds should be targeted first, everyone in a General Practice’s enrolled population born after 1 January 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 January 1969 and also to provide opportunistic immunisations to casual patients.

MMR and Pfizer vaccine

For an up to date timeline of COVID-19 and MMR vaccination schedule please click here

There needs to be a:

  • Four week gap between receiving the MMR and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Two week gap between Pfizer and MMR.

Pharmacies

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

If the person is within the 16-30 age bracket 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

As of 1 June 2021 National MMR stock is not an issue.

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 recall 15 to 30 year olds.
  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.