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Measles in New Zealand (Auckland)

20 May 2019

On 20 May 2019 the Auckland Regional Public Health Service reported that there have now been 60 cases of measles in Auckland in 2019. Earlier in the year, the first cases were identified in West Auckland, but the outbreak has now spread across the city, with central Auckland also particularly affected.

Advice for Travellers

Travel may increase an individual’s risk of exposure to measles virus, and facilitate the spread of disease to unvaccinated and susceptible populations. Two doses of MMR vaccine, at least one month apart, are required to give adequate protection from measles.

It should be confirmed that children have received their recommended doses of MMR at 12-13 months of age and again pre-school around 3 years 4 months. Unvaccinated adults who have not had measles themselves should seek advice from a healthcare professional regarding measles vaccination.

For further information see Measles.