As you know, there is a large and increasing measles outbreak in Auckland with over 800 confirmed cases and over 900 cases nationally. There have been 21 cases in the Wellington region this year. Measles is likely to continue in NZ for months with travel, school holidays, inter-school events and tournaments increasing the likelihood of further measles spread.
Safeguarding your children from measles by being fully vaccinated, keeping students and staff off school and excluding those who have been exposed but are not immune will all help protect others, especially those at risk of complications from disease. It will also help to ensure they don’t miss learning opportunities, NCEA school exams, arts and sports tournaments and school balls.
To protect your child and their school Regional Pubic Health recommends the following actions NOW
If you are travelling to Auckland, especially South Auckland make sure you are vaccinated. This advice NOW includes babies aged 12-15 months who are recommended to have their first measles vaccine early before going to Auckland.
If you are not vaccinated we advise you to check your medical centre’s website or phone to see when they will be able to vaccinate you. The current measles outbreak in Auckland has led to an increased demand for the MMR vaccine.
Talk to your doctor if you are travelling overseas; especially if you have babies aged 6-12 months.
Locate your child’s immunisation records, so that you can provide these if requested. This information can be found in their‘ Wellchild’ book or by asking your medical centre for a printout of your child’s immunisations. For children aged 0 to 14 years the parent can email RES-NIR@huttvalleydhb.org.nz and ask for a copy of your child’s National Immunisation Register record.