Published Thursday 9 May 2019
There are now over 100 confirmed cases of measles in New Zealand. Two of these are in Wellington (related to the Bay of Plenty outbreak).
Look in your Well Child book, ask your parents or contact your GP. If you are unsure, please speak to your doctor about receiving the MMR vaccine for FREE.
Things to know:
- Anyone born prior to 1969 is considered immune to measles
- For any person born after 1st Jan 1969 and has had 1 x MMR vaccination (given after 12 months of age) is considered 95% immune to measles
- For any person born after 1st Jan 1969 and has had 2 x MMR vaccinations (given after 12 months of age) is considered >99% immune to measles
- People who have had measles illness are considered immune
Measles is a serious viral illness that:
- is highly infectious
- affects the respiratory system
- spreads easily through coughing or sneezing
- results in one in 10 people in NZ being admitted to hospital.
For more information:
- begins with a fever
- progresses to a cough, runny nose
- sore, red eyes (usually within 2-4 days)
- rash appears 2-4 days after the first symptoms; begins at the hairline, gradually spreads down the body to the arms and legs
- rash lasts up to one week. People are most infectious in the days before the rash appears
- usually takes 10-12 days from exposure to the first symptom