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A further 31 cases of measles have been reported by ESR for the past week, taking the total so far for 2019 to 349.

In the week ending 19 July there 22 new cases in the Counties Manukau District Health Board area, taking the cumulative total to 124. 

New cases were also confirmed for Auckland, Waitemata and Northland.

Hospitalisations for measles is now 142.

The currently-available vaccination is the best protection people can have against measles. They need to have two MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccinations, as part of the National Immunisation Schedule (age 15 months and 4 years).  Anyone born in or after 1969 who has not had two documented doses of vaccine can be vaccinated for free if their GP has sufficient supplies.

Anyone who suspects they may have measles should avoid contact with other people, especially those who are not fully immunised, and should phone their GP or call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice. It is important to call first because measles is highly infectious, and people with measles can infect others in the waiting room. 

ESR’s latest measles report can be found here(external link):

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