There are 69 cases in Auckland as of 25 May 2018. There has been a slow rise in numbers, but this is not an epidemic. The Medical Office of Health is predicting an ongoing slow increase of 1-2 new cases per day. Most cases and contacts are heeding advice and are staying in quarantine and this is containing the spread.
National vaccine stock is 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 developed. The current measles vaccine was developed for distribution in 1968.
- Immunisation Advisory Centre: www.immune.org.nz
- phone 0800466863