Are you up to date with measles vaccinations?
Feb. 2, 2021
Just because we are living through a global pandemic we must not forget other vaccine-preventable infectious diseases. Measles is one of the most contagious diseases and is the third most common vaccine–preventable cause of death amongst children worldwide. The 2019 measles outbreak in Canterbury caused concern around New Zealand as we remembered how awful this disease can be and realised how "vaccine hesitancy" has led to a lack of community (or herd) immunity, leaving those who are too young to be immunised very vulnerable.
For more information on measles please click on this link www.immune.org.nz/diseases/measles
The MMR vaccination is incredibly effective, one dose gives 95% protection and two doses give 99% protection. Normally it is given at 15 months and 4 years of age. The vaccination was introduced in 1969, and most of the population born before then has some natural immunity because it was so common.
Many of you have read in the press that those born from 1969 onwards should ensure that they have had 2 documented doses of MMR given after 12 months of age. Unfortunately, records of vaccinations given from 1969- 2005 are probably not computerised, and the most reliable source of information may be your own Plunkett baby book. You will be able to see on the Health 365 Portal exactly what immunisations we have recorded for you.
If you have no documented evidence of having 2 MMR vaccinations and were born after 1969 please make an appointment to see our practice nurse.