By NewsDesk   @infectiousdiseasenews

The number of measles cases in Auckland, New Zealand has risen to 126 confirmed cases through Monday, according to the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS).


Earlier this month, health officials changed the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination schedule for children due to the current outbreak.

The first MMR vaccine has been brought forward to 12 months from 15 months in Auckland in an attempt to make an immediate effect to protect those most vulnerable in this outbreak.

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“We have seen a significant number of young babies with measles, many of whom have been hospitalized. Receiving the first dose of MMR at 12 months will increase levels of immunity in the community and provide added protection for these infants”, according to ARPHS Clinical Director, Dr Julia Peters.

Nationally, the number of measles cases reported year to date is 221, including 95 hospitalizations, the Institute of Environmental Science and Research reports.