ESR’s weekly measles surveillance for the week ending 13 September shows 165 confirmed cases including 102 new cases in Counties Manukau.
In the past week, cases have also been confirmed for Northland, Auckland, Waitemata, Waikato, Lakes, Bay of Plenty, MidCentral, Canterbury and Southern DHBs.
There have been 441 hospitalisations for measles nationwide, including 102 for children under 12 months of age.
The national total of measles cases for 2019 is now 1277 with 1064 of these confirmed cases in the Auckland region.
ESR’s weekly report can be found here.(external link)
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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 or from 12 months for those living in or travelling to the Auckland region, 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.