Update – Measles outbreak

Measles cases are still on the rise in Auckland.

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very serious.  Measles presents itself as a fever, rash, cough, running nose, running eyes and white spots inside mouth. 

If you think you may have measles or have been in contact with measles, please call the practice as soon as possible for advice.  

People at high risk in a measles outbreak   

  • non-immune pregnant women
  • people with a weak immune system (from illness or medicine), and infants under 12 months old

If you think you or your child may be at high risk, and you’ve been in contact with someone with measles, please call the surgery as soon as possible for advice.

People are immune and not at risk of measles if they have had

  • one (ideally two) doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubella MMR vaccine
  • were born before 1969, as they would have had measles as a child in New Zealand or overseas
  • have been previously diagnosed with measles
  • have had a blood test confirming immunity

People are not immune and are at risk of measles if they

  • have had no doses of MMR vaccine
  • have never had measles

I advise you to come in for vaccination if your child is 12 months old.  All 15 months vaccinations including MMR can be given at 12 months.  Any unvaccinated children aged 1-5 years should come in for vaccination.  Anyone who is not immune or under 50 years of age with an uncertain vaccination record should come in for vaccination.  Dr Pieter

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