A further 32 measles cases have been confirmed for the past week, taking the total number so far this year to 441.

ESR’s latest measles surveillance shows 22 new cases in the Counties Manukau DHB for the week ending 2 August.

Counties Manukau has now had 185 cases so far this year.

Other cases have been confirmed in Waitemata, with 7, Auckland,with two and one new case in Canterbury in the past week.

Nationwide the number of hospitalisations for measles is now 175.

Auckland Regional Public Health Service and the Ministry of Health are recommending that all one year old children in Counties Manukau, Auckland and Waitemata DHBs receive their first MMR early to protect them from measles. 

The 15 month immunisations, which include MMR, have been brought forward to age 12 months in this region.

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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