Measles Information

Update: Wednesday 20/03/2019  "WE HAVE MMR VACCINES"

Please be patient with us as we are doing our best to answer your phone calls. 

We have been instructed by Primary Health Response we are only able to vaccinate patients in the Priority Groups 1-5 as listed below.  We will add more priority groups when advised by Primary Health Response.  

If you fall into one of the current vaccination priority categories then please call us on 313 4659 and make an appointment with the nurse. You will need to wait 20 mins on site after the vaccine is given.

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WE ARE VACCINATING PATIENTS IN THE BELOW PRIORITY GROUPS:

1.   People aged 12 months to 13 years who have never been vaccinated

2.   People aged 14 years to 28 years who have never been vaccinated

3.   Immediate family and caregivers of those who cannot be immunised e.g. young children, pregnant woman and those with certain medical conditions. This includes those who have already had 1 previous vaccine.

4.   Routine immunisation programme continues for children 15 months to 4 years.

5.  Occupational groups who have frequent contact with children such as EEC, primary and secondary school teachers; residential care managers, healthcare workers and the like that have never been vacinated.

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WE ARE NOT YET VACCINATING THE BELOW GROUPS:

 However they wil be moved up the list as we continue to progress through above priorities.

6.  People aged 12 months to 28 years who have only received one MMR vaccine to date. *The normal 15 month vaccine can be given from 12 months of age.  The second MMR vaccine can be given no less than 4 weeks later.

7.  People aged 29 to 50 years who have received one MMR vaccine to date. If no evidence of previous MMR, x2 vaccines are required.

Please note the following:

- People born before 1969 are considered to be low risk and do not require vaccination.

- Immunity takes 2 weeks following the vaccine, so please continue to be cautius during this time

- A single dose of the MMR / measles vaccine typically provides protection against measles to 95% of people vaccinated. Therefore if you have had 1 vaccine in the past you have a good level of protection

 

Symptoms incude:

Symptoms of Measles generally appear within 14 days after exposure to the virus.

* Fever

* Conjunctivitis / red eyes / light sensitivity

* Cough

* Runny nose

* Sore throat

* Muscle aches

* White spots inside the mouth

* A wide spread skin rash is a classic sign of measles. The rash lasts up to 7 days and generally appears within the first 3 to 5 days of exposure to the virus. A measles rash, which appears as red, itchy bumps, commonly develops on the head and slowly spreads to other parts of the body.

What should I do if I think I have Measles?

People should stay in isolation from the time that they may have become infected until five days after the rash first appears. This means staying at home from school / work and having no contact with anyone not immunised. If others in your household were not immunised, they should be in isolation for 14 days from their likely first exposure.

Measles is very infectious, so it’s important people with symptoms don’t visit their GP or after-hours clinics. Phone us to speak to the practice nurse for advice instead – to limit further exposure to other people

Anyone with measles symptoms or who believes they may have been exposed can contact their usual general practice 24/7 for additional advice. Calls after hours will be answered by a nurse and they will advise you on what to do and where to go if you need to be seen.

People should only go to hospital or GP if its an emergency and should inform staff immediatly if they think they have measles.

How do I know if I am immune to Measles?

People are considered immune if they:

- have received two doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine;

- have had a measles illness previously;or

- were born before 1969.

The best protection from measles is to have two MMR vaccinations. 

You can check your vaccination status with your general practice team if you are unsure.

The MMR vaccine and the appointment to be immunised is free for all those who are eligible for funded healthcare in New Zealand.

MMR Vaccine

There is currently a shortage of MMR vaccines available in the Canterbury region.

We will continue to update this page with information on our stock as it changes.

Links for comprehensive information regarding Measles in NZ:

www.healthline.com/health/measles

www.cdhb.health.nz/media-release

http://www.primaryhealthresponse.org.nz/