Measles Vaccination Update
Aug. 30, 2019
Measles Vaccination Update
As you may be aware there is currently an outbreak of measles in Auckland. Consequently, the guidelines about vaccination are under flux.
Please feel reassured if you have had one vaccination of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella vaccination) as you will have 90-95% protection. If you have had two doses you will have almost 100% protection.
Measles is one of the most contagious diseases on earth. Unfortunately, it can be transmitted 5 days before the typical rash appears. If you or your child has a rash, please do not come into the building but call our nurses to discuss. For information about measles go to https://www.immune.org.nz/diseases/measles
Currently, we are following the guidelines below about vaccination:
Infants aged 6–12 months
These children can have their first MMR vaccination early if there is concern about their potential exposure to measles, on the advice of your GP. These children need their GP to prescribe the MMR vaccination. The trouble with early vaccination is that it is in addition to the normal doses at 15 months and 4 years rather than instead of. We will be running a virtual clinic on Monday 2nd September – if your child is 6-12 months please book with reception and one of our Medplus GPs will phone you and arrange for your child to be vaccinated if appropriate. If there is demand these virtual clinics will continue later into the week. You do not need to book a face to face consultation in order to get your child vaccinated early.
Children aged 12–15 months
Can have all four 15-month vaccinations (MMR, varicella, Hib and PCV10) from 12 months old.
Children who received MMR when aged under 12 months will need another vaccination after 12 months.
Children aged 16 months to under 5 years
Children from 16 months to under 5 years of age who do not have one documented dose of MMR vaccine can have the first vaccination.
The second MMR vaccination is at 4 years of age as per the Immunisation Schedule.
Children from 5 years of age, adolescents and adults aged under 50 years who do not have one documented dose of MMR vaccine
Catch-up MMR vaccination to anyone aged 5 years to under 50 years who does not have at least one documented dose of MMR vaccine administered when 12 months of age or older.
A second documented dose of MMR vaccine administered a minimum of 4 weeks after the first MMR dose will be required for the person's MMR vaccinations to be up to date as per the Immunisation Schedule.
Adults aged 50 years or older (born in New Zealand before 1969)
Not recommended to receive MMR vaccination. You are considered to be immune to measles as there was no measles-containing vaccine until 1969 and the disease is so highly infectious.
Adults born overseas prior to 1969 may have received a measles-containing vaccination. If you are unsure, please call us to discuss.
For those urgently wanting vaccination please phone reception on 4892011. You can book an appointment directly with one of our nursing teams for your free MMR. If you have a child under 1 year please note that a doctor will have to phone you prior to the vaccination. If you are unsure about your vaccination status please look on your portal and you will be able to see what information we hold. Electronic records only date back about 15 years, prior to that please check in your Plunket or Well Child Book.