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Measles Vaccine and Flu Vaccine

Posted by Practice Manager on 4 April 2019

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Measles vaccines
There is a shortage in supply of the Measles Vaccine as you may have heard on the news. At this stage, the CDHB have planned a further four week MMR vaccination campaign from 28 March to 26 April targetting first MMR (for those who have had none) for the following Priority Groups:-
Priority 1: Children aged 12 months to 13 years who have never been vaccinated.
Priority 2: Children and adults aged 14 years to 28 years who have never been vaccinated.
Priority 3: Ring-fencing children who cannot be vaccinated, such as the very young or for whom vaccination is contra-indicated. (This means caregivers and close contacts of children aged less than 12 months or those who cannot be vaccinated. This needs to be determined on a case by case basis. This should include ensuring 2 doses of MMR have been given as we need very high levels of protection for these very vulnerable children. Refer to the Immunisation Handbook for additional advice.)
Priority 4: Continue with the routine immunisation programme. (Where the 15 month vaccine is given between 12 and 15 months, please reschedule the second dose at 4 years as per the Schedule)
Priority 5: Occupational groups aged under 50 who have frequent contact with children such as early education childcarers, primary and secondary school teachers; residential care managers, healthcare workers etc., who have never been vaccinated.

 and second MMR (for those who have had one) for:

  • All those aged 12 mths to 28yrs 
  • Caregivers of infants aged up to 12 months
  • Those aged between 29 and 50 who work with children (teachers or healthcare workers)

For more information on the Measles Outbreak and the Vaccination, please click here