Measles in Waikato
Measles outbreak in Waikato
Update: As of 11 September 2019 there have been 13 new confirmed measles cases
Measles can be very serious for children and adults, and spreads very easily.
The first symptoms of measles are a fever, runny nose, cough, and red eyes, and then a rash will appear. You can spread measles to others from five days before, until five days after the rash appears.
If you are worried that you or your family have symptoms or have been close to someone with measles you need to stay at home and call your nurse, doctor, or Healthline (0800 611 166) and then you need to book with your doctor or nurse to get your vaccination.
How do I protect my family and community?
- Make sure that everyone in your family is vaccinated.
- Due to this current outbreak of measles, children in Waikato can have their first MMR at 12 months, then second dose at 4 years. This is a change from the usual time for the first MMR which is normally given at 15 months.
- For those children catching up, the first dose is normally followed by a gap of at least 4 weeks before the second dose is given. Please also check with the nurse who normally looks after your children for immunisation.
- Adults born after 1 January 1969 who have not been vaccinated, or can not show if they are vaccinated, or do not have records to show they are vaccinated, can be vaccinated at any time. There is no harm from having another MMR if you may have already had one. You can book this with your GP.
- If people have to travel to Auckland or overseas, the Ministry does not recommend that infants under 12 months old get an additional early dose of the MMR vaccine. If the GP thinks the risk of exposure is high possible early MMR may be discussed with the Medical Officer of Health.
- If people are travelling to Auckland, please make sure they are vaccinated. If you are not vaccinated or not sure of your status, then don’t travel if you don’t have to.
What is the latest Waikato measles news?
To manage the demand on your limited stock we recommend prioritising the following groups to receive MMR:
- On time immunisation at 12-15months and again at 4 years of age. Highest priority within this category are Māori and Pacific.
- Catch up immunisation for children on the NIR (14 years or under) with no doses of MMR recorded. Highest priority within this category are Māori and Pacific.
- MMR for contacts of confirmed cases where they have correspondence from public health that show they should have first or second MMR.
Further advice for practices:
Isolate any suspected cases in your practice
Set up a process to screen patients for suspected measles when they phone, encourage them to ring from their car when they arrive, and keep them isolated from others in your clinic. Please use a separate area for assessing suspected cases. There is signage for your entrance ‘STOP - do you think you have measles?’
For local advice on how to manage a suspected case of measles that presents at your practice please click here.
Information and advice made for you and the general public
At this stage, we are advising suspected cases to contact their practice for advice which is contained in the following link, and if not immune, book in to get the vaccine.
|People are immune and not at risk of measles if they…||
|People are not immune and are at risk of measles if they…||
Serological testing for immunity
The Waikato Medical Officer of Health advises that people with documentation of one dose of measles vaccine may not be able to access second dose currently. They should ask to be contacted by GP when second dose is available. In the interim they should not be excluded from their workplace unless there has been a confirmed case of measles in the workplace, in which case second dose would be prioritised on our advice and then they may return to the workplace. People with no doses documented should follow current advice, which is to have MMR1 as ‘catch-up’ and not seek immunity testing.
- Measles whānau pack [PDF, 466 KB]
- General public advice and messages around measles [PDF, 239 KB]
- Worried about measles? English & Māori [PDF, 123 KB]
- A4 STOP sign for GPs and medical centres [PDF, 20 KB]
- A4 poster "Don't assume you're immune" - English [PDF, 178 KB]
- A4 poster "Kaua e tatari tiakina tō whānau" - Māori [PDF, 153 KB]
- A4 poster "Measles symptoms" - English [PDF, 167 KB]
- A4 poster "Ko ngā tohu o te mītara" - Māori [PDF, 185 KB]