Measles Outbreak in Auckland and MMR Vaccine Update

Two people are infected in Auckland Measles outbreak. Current locations are south Auckland, Matakana and Mt Eden. You can read the story here – https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2019/03/measles-outbreak-spreads-to-auckland.html

Eastmed Doctors is getting lots of interest in the MMRs, particularly from adult patients who want their childhood records. We are also vaccinating lots of people.

Adults should check their well child book . They should look to see if they have had both immunisations. Supplies of the vaccine are likely to be limited shortly owing to exceptional interest, so we may limit who these are available to if we end up in short supply.There is a  charge for people over 50 years old

There is advice on IMAC as to what constitutes ímmunised’

  • Infants aged 6–11 months can have an MMR vaccination prior to travel to a country with a measles outbreak. Click here for more information.
  • Children aged 12 months or older are considered ‘fully immunised’ against measles when they have two documented MMR vaccinations, received when aged 12 months or older. Click here for more information.
  • Adults born in 1969 or later are considered ‘fully immunised’ against measles when they have two documented MMR vaccinations, received when aged 12 months or older. Click here for more information
  • Adults born before 1969 are considered immune to measles as the disease was prevalent and circulating widely prior to introduction of a measles vaccine in 1969. Click here for more information.

For healthcare workers only:

Most people born in the 1970s or 1980s will have been offered one dose of measles vaccine as children. Those born from the 1990s onwards may have been offered two doses. If you are not sure how many doses you have had, talk to your doctor as the information may be in your medical records. If you cannot demonstrate immunity or have not had two doses, vaccination is recommended, provided you have no contraindications (such as pregnancy). The contraindications and side effects are outlined in the NZF, Immunisation Handbook and data sheet.

MMR immunisation should be offered to all healthcare workers who have not received two doses of MMR vaccine or who do not have serological evidence of protection for measles, mumps and rubella. For any adult born since 1969 in New Zealand who has received only a single dose of MMR in childhood, a second dose is recommended to achieve full protection, particularly against measles. If two doses of MMR vaccine are required, the second dose should be given four weeks after the initial dose.

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