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MEASLES OUTBREAK

New Zealand is currently experiencing a widespread outbreak of measles with over 1200 cases notified this year, including ongoing cases in Auckland and more recently, Queenstown.

A large outbreak of measles continues to affect Asia, Europe and America. Virtually any overseas travel could lead to exposure to measles at the current time.

People who are planning any overseas travel should ensure they have received vaccinations appropriate to travel, including an MMR vaccine if they do not have a documented history of two previous MMR vaccinations.

The government is offering free measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine to all eligible people born during or since 1966. Patients unsure of their vaccination status, or who are aged over 18 months and have only had one measles-containing vaccine, should be vaccinated.

For more information speak with your GP.

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