Ministry of Health: updated advice for measles vaccination

Measles is circulating in New Zealand, particularly in the Auckland region.

If you’re feeling sick, you should stay away from work, school or public places, to help prevent putting other people at risk.

If you or a family member suspect you have measles you should stay at home and call Healthline on 0800 611 116 or your doctor to alert them of your symptoms. If you have measles it is important to avoid spreading it to others in the waiting room.

When you immunise your child, you're also protecting the people around them, including those who can’t be immunised themselves. Read more about why to vaccinate.

Auckland infants can get their first dose of MMR from 12 months of age. For those outside the Auckland region, infants can continue to receive their first dose at 15 months and 4 years.

People aged 50 years and over are considered immune as measles used to be very common, so won't need the measles immunisations.

At this stage, the Ministry does not recommend event organisers cancel events such as concerts, sports events, festivals, or other public congregations. However, organisers are asked to liaise closely with their local DHBs and public health units for the latest advice.

Travel

  • People travelling to Auckland should be vaccinated against measles before they travel.
  • If you are travelling overseas with your baby to areas with uncontrolled measles outbreaks, or have concerns about their potential exposure to measles, you should discuss this with your family doctor.
  • Vaccination should be done at least 2 weeks before travelling to allow your body to develop immunity.

Read more updated measles advice including travel advice from the Ministry of Health.