Measles outbreak – February / March 2019
There have been several cases of measles in Canterbury recently and significant outbreaks overseas including in the Philippines and some European countries
For countries that are affected, please check the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, USA) website for travel updates – https://www.cdc.gov/measles/travelers.html
We recommend patients are prompt with childhood vaccinations, which are free.
Those born prior to this time, are considered to be immune.
If you suspect you or your child have measles, please phone us for advice. Do not present at the medical centre.
Measles Update 18.03.19
Whilst we now have limited supplies of MMR vaccine.
Our priority for vaccinating our patients is:
Priority 1: Children aged 12 months to 13 years who have never had an MMR vaccine
Priority 2: Children and adults aged 14 years to 28 years who have never had an MMR vaccine
Priority 3: Family members of pregnant women and young babies who have never had an MMR vaccine
Priority 4: 15mth immunisation can be brought forward to 12 months
Priority 5: Occupational groups who have frequent contact with children such as Early Childhood, Primary and secondary school teachers, residential care managers and health workers who have never had an MMR
If you fit one of these priority groups please phone 388 9686 and one of our receptionists will give you an appointment at one of our MMR clinics.
If you don’t fit these priority groups, please wait until we have more MMR vaccine.