Measles Outbreak update in Auckland

The Auckland, Waitemata and Counties Manukau District Health Boards have advised the following update in regards to the Measles outbreak in Auckland:

CURRENT SITUATION
The Auckland region has been experiencing a sustained measles outbreak since 30 May, 2011. This is now the largest outbreak since 1997. The Auckland regional DHBs appreciate that increased immunisation is now the best way to protect the community from measles.

An enhanced immunisation programme supported by public messaging and paid media will commence to increase MMR vaccination coverage and minimise the impact of measles in the community.

Have you and your family been immunised against measles?
• If you were born after January 1969, you could be at risk due to a sustained measles outbreak in the Auckland region
• Check with your medical practitioner if you have had the measles and/or are fully immunised against measles
• Your best protection is to get vaccinated
• The MMR vaccine is not suitable for pregnant women

In any event that there is concern, please contact your regular medical practitioner, an after hours medical provider or the nearest hospital emergency department.
More information can be found by calling or viewing the following references:

• Immunisation Advisory Centre: 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863) or www.immune.org.nz
• Healthline 0800 611 116
• Ministry of Health: www.moh.govt.nz/measles
• ARPHS: 09 623 4600 or www.arphs.govt.nz/notifiable/measles

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