12 SEPTEMBER 2019 – LATEST MEDIA RELEASE FROM THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH
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IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE MEASLES OR HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH A CONFIRMED CASE OF MEASLES, PLEASE CALL US FIRST BEFORE COMING IN. WHEN YOU ARRIVE FOR A CONSULTATION, PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR AND COMMUNICATE WITH US BY PHONE UNTIL A DOCTOR OR NURSE COMES TO YOUR CAR.
PLEASE DO NOT WALK IN FOR MEASLES IMMUNISATION (MMR) WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT. YOU WILL BE ASKED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AT A LATER DATE AS WE NEED TO PRIORITISE OUR VULNERABLE CHILDREN. WE ARE EXPERIENCING HIGH DEMAND AND THE WAIT TO HAVE IMMUNISATIONS AT OUR PRACTICE IS CURRENTLY TWO OR MORE DAYS.
Please be advised that both the Manukau SuperClinic and Clendon Shopping Centre MMR drop in clinics have come to an end (Final clinics were 11 September 2019). This is due to the need to prioritise available stock for scheduled immunisations within primary care.
The advice comes off the back of an immunisation Expert Advisory Group recommendation to focus on ensuring the groups most affected by the current measles outbreak can be vaccinated to protect them and the wider community and help prevent further spread of measles.
This means the first priority for vaccinations should be on:
• ensuring all children across NZ receive their vaccines on time at 15 months (12 months of age in Auckland) and 4 years to maintain the national childhood immunisation schedule.
• vaccinating groups who are most affected by the outbreak in the Auckland area, namely children under 4 years of age, those aged 15-29 years and Pacific peoples within these groups.
• proactively contacting children aged up to 14 years who have not had a single dose of vaccine to get vaccinated.
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