Measles Update as at 16th September 2019
***There is currently a shortage of MMR vaccines for the Wellington Area. We have been advised by our supplier the ETA of more vaccines is late September. Our priority for vaccination, at this stage, is our young children and babies.***
We are getting an increased number of calls regarding the measles information that has been in the media, we appreciate that this is a concerning time for you.
Parents of children aged 0-14yrs can email RES-NIR@huttvalleydhb.org.nz and ask for a copy of your child’s National Immunisation Register (NIR) record for measles. You will need to provide your child’s full name, date of birth, NHI number (if known) and the mother’s full name. Please note that the NIR was only formed in 2005 so records are not available for children over 14 years.
We will do our best to return our calls by the end of the following business day. In the meantime please find information below from Regional Public Health:
Measles Update – 11th September 2019
- There is currently 1 case of measles in the greater Wellington Region. A total of 21 cases this year.
- 1051 measles cases have been diagnosed across NZ this year, 877 in Auckland.
- Children under 5 years account for 30% of cases and 46% of hospitalisations.
The vaccine is in high demand and limited supply, hence we have been told to prioritise as vaccine supplies allow:
- Babies aged 12-14 months travelling to Auckland are recommended to have their 1st MMR early at 12 months. Ideally 2 weeks before travel to allow protection to develop.
- People travelling to Auckland, particularly Pacific or Maori people visiting family and friends in South Auckland.
- People(including babies aged 6-12 months) travelling overseas where large measles outbreaks are occurring. Further advice and details of countries with measles outbreaks can be found at www.immune.org.nz/hot-topic/measles-overseas-and-new-zealand
- Adults who have already had one dose of MMR vaccine and want a second dose are being asked to wait a couple of weeks before calling their local medical practice to arrange the second vaccination. This will help our medical centres to focus their services on those who need it most.NOTE: 95% of people who have had 1 dose of MMR will be protected from measles disease. The reason we give the second dose is to increase the proportion of people protected to approx 99%.
- Adults born before 1969 are considered immune to measles
because the virus is so infectious and a measles vaccine was
not available in New Zealand until 1969.
GP Triage Service
We are currently trialling a new service, so you are able to access care when you are acutely unwell.
If you call the practice between 8.00am and 8.45am to request an urgent appointment, you will be given the option that a doctor can help you over the phone.