With winter in full swing, the chances of another measles outbreak is high.
Measles is even more contagious than Covid-19 and can be life-threatening if you haven’t been vaccinated. See here for more info about the symptoms of measles. As always, if you’re sick, please stay home.
Most young people will have had at least one MMR vaccine (measles, mumps and rubella) when they were a young child but you need to have had TWO doses of this vaccine to be fully protected.
If you don’t know whether you’ve had two doses, check your Plunket or WellChild book, or ask your doctor.
If you’re still unsure, it’s best to get a vaccination anyway. It’s free for:
- anyone born in or after January 1969, or
- those who haven’t had two MMR vaccinations, or
- if you don’t have proof of vaccination
It’s also free if your visa allows you to stay for two years or if you’re a contact of someone who has measles.
If you were born before January 1969, you’re considered to be immune already.
- There are NO safety concerns with having more than two MMR vaccinations.
- However, people who are pregnant cannot have the MMR vaccine.
- You can have an MMR vaccine at the same time as your Covid-19 vaccine or flu vaccine.
- Flu is also doing the rounds this winter and is a really nasty illness too.
- Getting a flu jab is a great way to protect yourself and your whānau – you can check which pharmacies are offering flu jabs here .
How do I get my MMR vaccination?
You can get your vaccination at some pharmacies, participating Māori or Pasifika providers or your doctor (there’s also a Dunedin Immunisation Centre on the corner of Hanover and Castle Streets). See full list of where to get your MMR vaccination here .
For more info about the MMR vaccination, see the Ministry of Health website