MEASLES OUTBREAK

  • If you think you have measles or have come in contact with someone who has measles, please call us before coming in. Once you arrive, please stay in your car and contact us by phone. A nurse will come out to you.

  • We are experiencing a high demand for the MMR vaccine. Please, do not walk in without an appointment as we may not be able to accommodate you.

  • We will be vaccinating our registered patients only, despite the media statement that you can go to any GP. This is because of the short stock of MMR vaccines. Those who are not our registered patients must go to their own GP.

  • We can give the MMR vaccine to the following:

    • Children aged 6-12 months 

    • Children on the immunisation schedule - children can have the 15 month immunisation at 12 months now.

    • Anyone up to the age of 50 who has not had a previous documented dose of the MMR vaccine or had the measles.

Information

  • Measles is highly contagious – and easily preventable.

  • It affects both children and adults.

  • Two doses of the measles vaccine provides the most effective protection for yourself, your family and the wider community. After one dose of the MMR vaccine, about 95% of people are protected from measles. After two doses, more than 99% people are protected.

  • In New Zealand, if you were born in 1969 or later, you can get the measles vaccine for free.

  • Vaccination is particularly important if you are planning to travel anywhere overseas – to protect yourself and to help prevent outbreaks in New Zealand.

More information:

Auckland Regional Public Health Service: www.arphs.health.nz

Ministry of Health: www.health.govt.nz

Immunisation Advisory Centre: www.immune.org.nz (0800 466 863)

Healthline: 0800 611 116

If you would like to find out if your covered please email nurse@pukekohesouthdoctors.co.nz

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