New Zealand measles outbreak: what you need to know

There is a large ongoing measles outbreak in New Zealand.

If you are planning an overseas trip, make sure you are up-to-date with all of the recommended vaccines, including the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

This is especially important if you are travelling to New Zealand where there is a large ongoing outbreak.

Measles remains a risk in many other parts of the world including some places that you wouldn’t expect it, like the US, the UK, and some countries in Europe.

Measles is a serious, highly contagious, viral illness that is easily spread through the air when an infectious person coughs, sneezes or breathes.

If you and your family are not fully vaccinated, or have never been vaccinated, you are at risk of contracting the measles.

Unsure if you’re fully protected?
In Australia, the measles vaccine (MMR) consists of 2 doses.

If you’re not sure whether you’ve had 2 doses of the measles vaccine, visit your doctor. It’s safe to receive another dose.

Children born in Australia

• If your children were born in Australia, they may have received the measles vaccine at 12 months old and the second dose at 18 months, in accordance with the National Immunisation Program.

• If you have a baby under 12 months old, please consult your doctor about getting their measles vaccination.

Adults born in Australia

• Born before 1966 – you were most likely exposed to measles as a child and are generally considered to be immune. If in doubt, ask your GP.

• Born between 1966 and 1994 – you may not have received 2 doses. Talk to your doctor about the free vaccine if you’re unsure.

• Born after 1994 – the National Immunisation Program offers 2 doses, and you can check your vaccination status using the Australian Immunisation Register.

For more information about measles vaccination, visit NSW Health or consult your local doctor.