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Measles vaccination notice from Tui Ora Family Health

Last Updated: March 2019

The Ministry of Health advised on 14 March 2019 it is essential that all practices outside of Canterbury maintain the National Immunisation Programme of MMR vaccination at ages 15 months and 4 years.

The Ministry of Health does not at this stage recommend we proactively recall older children and adults for catch up immunisation. One dose of MMR or measles vaccine will protect 95% of vaccinated people against measles, so patients who have previously been vaccinated are likely to be protected.

There is some pressure on vaccine stocks at present, with Christchurch residents and those with higher risk of contact exposure being the priority.

People who may require a second MMR vaccine are being asked to be patient, so that those with no vaccinations can get immunised first. Wait a couple of weeks then call your practice or medical centre to discuss a vaccination.

If you are unvaccinated, you should contact your general practitioner to arrange vaccination.

Any child between 15 months and 4 years old – registered at Tui Ora or not registered – will be a priority for MMR vaccination if they are due, have an exposure risk or need a catch-up. The medical centre can be contacted for a booking for these tamariki on Ph 06 759 7310, Fax 06 759 7309 or

Any questions? Please contact Bernard Leuthart or Melissa Kearns at Tui Ora Family Health.

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