There are 27 cases of measles in Canterbury, and as of 9 April, 15 cases in Auckland.
National vaccine stock is being diverted to Christchurch and our surgery’s stock is very limited. We are able to vaccinate those on the current schedule, children at 15 months and 4 years, and those aged 6-12 months if travelling overseas soon to countries with an active measles outbreak, see www.cdc.gov/measles/travelers.html.
We are also able to immunise youths and adults who have had no doses of measles vaccine (either a single measles vaccine, or a MMR). Those who have had one dose in their lives, are 95% protected. Those who have had two doses, are 99% protected. Those who are over 50 years old are considered immune, as they have most likely developed natural immunity during their childhoods, when the vaccine was not yet invented.
- Immunisation Advisory Centre: www.immune.org.nz
- phone 0800466863