By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews


Auckland health officials continue to report measles cases and as of July 1, 149 confirmed cases have been recorded.

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.

Practices in Auckland can offer all four 15 month vaccinations at the same visit for convenience and simplicity. These include vaccines against invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD), Hib (Haemophilus influenzae) and chickenpox infections.

Nationally, New Zealand reported 28 confirmed measles cases the week ending June 29, bringing the country total to 260 with 109 (41.9%) hospitalizations.

The MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine is safe and effective. Two doses of MMR vaccine are about 97 percent effective at preventing measles; one dose is about 93 percent effective.