Measles Matters

Measles Matters

The good news is that as of 19 March, there have been no reported cases of measles in Wanaka. The advice from the Ministry of Health, who are leading the response and advising the medical centres, is as follows:

  • You’re not at risk if you’ve had 2 measles vaccines, have had measles, or were born before 1969
  • A single dose of measles vaccine will protect 95% of people
  • On time vaccination for children at 15 months and 4 years with MMR is the best way to prevent measles. Public Health South’s advice to our local medical centres is to continue with the usual vaccination schedule at this time. The early vaccination programme is only being promoted in Christchurch where there are a high number of confirmed cases.
  • Nationwide, measles coverage at 28 Feb 2019 was 93% for children aged four years and 92% for those aged two years.
  • Families with unvaccinated children should avoid non-essential travel to Christchurch

If you require medical attention because you think you may have measles, please call the medical centre first and get advice about what to do. Measles is very highly contagious. We need to take precautions to prevent the spread of infection to other patients and may ask you to present at the back door of the practice, or assess you in your car within the car park, in order to prevent avoidable exposure to others.

Comprehensive information about measles symptoms is available at https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/health-a-z/m/measles