MEASLES EPIDEMIC: Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) Vaccinations

If you suspect you have measles, stay home, do not come to the medical centre

Call Ratanui Medical (09 837 0740) or Healthline (0800 611 116) for advice.

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We encourage patients to be immunised for MMR.

Please check your Plunket books for MMR immunisation.

If you have no record of measles immunisation, you can see our nurses for Free MMR Vaccine.

One vaccine gives 90-95% protection. Two MMR doses are recommended which gives upto 99% immunity.

Children as young as 6 months may receive MMR earlier than scheduled during an outbreak

after consult with your doctor.

15 months immunisations can be administered from 1 year of age.

Anyone over the age of 50, born before 1969 does not need the MMR vaccine

Due to demand and shortages of vaccines, children and high needs patients will take priority.

Please note that anyone who is pregnant, or considering pregnancy in the next three months, should NOT have the vaccine. If this is the case for you and you are not aware of your immune status, getting tested for immunity is strongly recommended. The risk to your health and safety should not be compromised.

Auckland Regional Public Health (ARPH) is advising patients not to wait and see if they are immune. ARPH has advised there is no harm in getting the MMR vaccine even if you have had it previously but don’t know that for certain. So please get your free vaccination.

Measles immunity testing is funded ONLY for referrals from registered medical practitioners for individuals that are a close contact of a confirmed case with measles. The referrer must indicate this on the form.

Measles immunity testing is not funded in all other cases, for example where individuals have not had contact with person with measles but wish to check their immunity status, in such circumstances they will be charged at the Labtest collection centre for this testing.

We apologise that we are inundated with calls regarding measles and our nurses are unable to return calls immediately as there is a large backlog of calls and our nurses are vaccinating a large volume of patients.

If you are unable to get through please contact Healthline for Measles updates for advice and information from a trusted register nurse

Healthline Ph 0800 611 116

Immunisation Advisory Centre Ph 0800 466 863

Auckland Regional Public Health/Measles

Ministry of Health Media Release