What you need to know about the Measles outbreak in New Zealand
Measles is highly contagious and easily preventable, and the virus is circulating in New Zealand, particularly in the Auckland region. If you are feeling sick, you must stay away from work, class or public places, to help prevent the spread of the virus.
If you are not immunised you are at risk
New Zealanders over 50 years old are considered immune. Teenagers and young adults are least likely to have been immunised as young children.
If you are unsure of your immunisation history check with your doctor. The vaccination for Measles is free (nurse/admin charges may apply) and available from your doctor or the Wintec Health Centre for staff and all students. If you’re not sure, it’s safe to get the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine again to protect yourself.
There is some excellent information available on Measles on the Ministry of Health website that you should check out here.
If you or someone you live with, suspects or has measles symptoms, stay at home and call Healthline on 0800 611 116, or your doctor to alert them.
Travelling to Auckland?
If you're thinking of travelling to Auckland, make sure you're vaccinated against measles at least two weeks before you go. There is also a risk that people travelling from Auckland to other centres may spread measles. If you're feeling sick, you should reconsider travel arrangements and stay away from work, school and public places to help prevent putting other people at risk.
There are currently significant measles outbreaks overseas, including in the Philippines and in some European countries. If you are travelling overseas for work, please take the time before you go to contact International SOS for a pre-travel briefing and also download the International SOS App to ensure you have access to the latest information in relation to the countries you are travelling to.
If you have come into contact with a confirmed case of Measles, or you’re aware of a case on campus, or it is reported to you by a staff or student, please advise the Safety and Wellbeing Team as soon as possible by emailing email@example.com.
· For the latest information - Measles Outbreak
· For symptoms and information about measles - MoH Measles
· For immunisations needed - The Immunisation Advisory Centre
· Specific information relating to Auckland & Resources – Auckland Regional Public Health Service
· Ministry of Education advice for Early Learning Services – Measles Info
As we know more, we will be updating this page.