Measles is a highly contagious disease that can be life threatening.

If you think that you or a family member has symptoms ofmeasles, it is important you call Healthline on 0800 611 116, for advice as soon as possible. If you are visiting the practice, please call us on 09 376 56 21 before your appointment.

Measles is easily passed on from one person to another, knowing that you are coming to the Practice provides us with the opportunity to protect other patients.

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MMR vaccination is a priority for people aged 12 months to 28 years who have never received a measles or MMR vaccine.

After one measles-containing vaccine (measles only, measles-rubella only or MMR vaccines) 90–95 people in 100 are protected from measles. The second MMR vaccine dose is to make sure the 5–10% who are still susceptible to measles have a second opportunity to become protected. 

For age specific advice please see below :

1. Catch-up for adults born in 1969 or later, children at primary, AND intermediate or high school.

  • We can only use documented immunisation records to determine what vaccines have been given.  

  • No matter how well intentioned a parent or person is when they say they or I “would have had everything when I was young” we cannot use that as evidence of immunisation. 

  • It is not necessary to do serology testing. 

  • It is appropriate to vaccinate if you cannot easily locate immunsation records.  

  • Vaccination is a safer option than possibly leaving a person susceptible to measles whilst they are searching for records. 

2. Adults born prior to 1969

  • Adults born in New Zealand prior to 1969 are considered to be immune to measles as there was no measles containing vaccine until 1969 and the disease is so highly infectious. MMR vaccination is not generally indicated for adults born in New Zealand prior to 1969.  

  • Adults born overseas prior to 1969 may have received a measles-containing vaccination. If you are unsure whether an individual is likely to be susceptible to measles, please call us on 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863). 

  • Adults born in 1969 or later can have an MMR vaccination if they do not have any documented measles-containing vaccine doses when aged 12 months or older the vaccinator can administer one catch-up MMR vaccination.  

  • Subsequent MMR catch-up doses are recommended to be administered once MMR vaccine demand returns to normal (and a minimum of 4 weeks after the first MMR dose). 

3. MMR for children aged 12 months to under 5 years (See sections A and B)

A. First and second MMR for children aged 12 months to Under 15 months 

  • Children remaining in NZ or travelling overseas  

  • Children who received an MMR vaccination aged 6–11 months need two further MMR doses when aged 12 months or older. 

  • The Ministry of Health recommends that the vaccines due at 15 months of age are not brought forward and are given on-time when the child is aged 15 months as per the Immunisation Schedule. 

  • A Medical Officer of Health may recommend that a child aged 12–14 months who is a close contact of a confirmed measles case receive an MMR vaccination within 72 hours of contact. 

B. Second MMR for children aged 15 months to under 4 years 

  • Children remaining in NZ or travelling overseas  

  • The Ministry of Health recommends that the second MMR vacicnation due at 4 years of age is not brought forward and is given on-time when the child is aged 4 years as per the Immunisation Schedule. 

  • Children who have previously received their second MMR vaccination early do not need a third MMR vaccination when aged 4 years.