Media Release 27 August 2019 | Counties Manukau is experiencing an outbreak of measles and everyone is being encouraged to ensure they have been vaccinated against this highly infectious illness.

Immunisation is free for people aged 1-50 years, and it’s simple - just go to your local doctor.

Measles spreads easily from person to person and has already made many kids and young people in our community very sick, so it’s important that everyone in the family/whaanau is vaccinated.

Immunisation protects yourself, your family and also helps protect the community. Even if you’re not sure whether you have been vaccinated or not, it’s safe to get it again from your doctor.

If you, or a member of your family, suspect you have measles, please stay home and call Healthline on 0800 611 116 or your doctor. They will advise you on what to do.

If you're feeling sick, you should stay away from work, school or public places, to help prevent putting other people at risk. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, sore eyes.

The following people should get the measles vaccine as soon as possible:

  • Babies from 12 months to four-years.
  • Infants 6 months to 1 year if travelling overseas to countries with measles outbreaks.
  • Young people: 15-29-years.

To protect babies between birth and 1 year, and others in the community that cannot be immunised like pregnant women, we encourage whaanau and friends to have the measles vaccination to limit the cycle of spread.

For more information, please contact your doctor or call Healthline on 0800 611 116 or visit the Auckland Regional Public Health Service website.

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