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Measles Vaccination Update

Posted by Marina Chin on 21 November 2019

The current national priorities for MMR vaccination are:

  • ensure all children receive their vaccinations on time at 15 months (12 months in Auckland) and 4 years to maintain the national Childhood Immunisation Schedule
  • all children under 15 years who have not received either dose of MMR
  • susceptible close contacts within 72 hours of first exposure to measles when advised by a local Public Health Unit
  • 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. (We will need proof that the baby is travelling e.g. an airline ticket)

New additional priority group for MMR vaccination

Given the current outbreaks of measles in Samoa, Tonga, Philippines and Fiji, the Ministry of Health is asking us to ensure vaccinations are up to date for any person aged 50 and under who provide evidence that they will be travelling to one of these areas, or any country that that has an active outbreak of measles – regions with measles outbreaks can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. If you are travelling to these places, you will need to be vaccinated at least 2 weeks before travel.

With that being said, we only have a limited and controlled supply of MMR vaccines being delivered to us so we may still need to prioritise who we can give the vaccine to.