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UP-TO-DATE MEASLES OUTBREAK INFORMATION


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 ONE TO TWO WEEKS.

There are more than 800 cases in Auckland as of 2 September 2019. There are about an extra 20 cases a day. The majority of cases are occurring in South Auckland, particularly Mangere, Manurewa and Papakura. However the number of cases in the Auckland DHB area is growing. Current detailed information here.

We are able to immunize only our enrolled patients. We are aware that the Newspapers are saying you can go to any GP for free jabs, but we do not have the capacity to immunize non-enrolled patients. Those who are not our enrolled patients need to go to their own registered doctors.

CLICK HERE FOR AN UPDATE TO DATE INFO ON COUNTIES MANUKAU CLINICS.

As per the Ministry of Health’s most recent media release (12th September – click here to read) we have been advised to prioritise giving MMR vaccines to the following:

  • Children on the current immunisation schedule – we have brought forward the 15 month immunisation to 12 months. This is given again at 4 years.
  • Children aged 6-12 months if in contact with a known case.
  • Children 6-12months they are travelling overseas soon to countries with an active measles outbreak.  Here is another link to information about countries with active measles outbreaks
  • 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.

Please note that those who are over 50 years old are considered immune, as they have most likely developed natural immunity during their childhoods, when the vaccine was not yet developed.

For those under 50, they have usually been immunised depending on which country they grew up in. There was an earlier vaccine available from 1963. It was improved and the current measles vaccine was developed in 1968.

Measles vaccines were introduced in NZ in 1969, in the UK in 1968, in South Africa in 1975, USA in 1968, Canada in 1970,  in Australia in 1969, Ireland in 1985, China in 1963. Korea in 1965, Hong Kong in 1967, Singapore 1976, Fiji 1982, India 1985.

One dose of the vaccine protects 95 people out of a 100 ie 95%. A second dose gives protection to another 3-4 people out of 100.

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