2019 measles outbreak information

There are currently outbreaks of measles in New Zealand.

Last updated 11.50 am, 3 September 2019.

From 1 January 2019 to 3 September 2019 there have been 975 confirmed cases of measles notified across New Zealand. 812 of these confirmed cases are in the Auckland region.

Measles is circulating in New Zealand, particularly in the Auckland region.

If you’re feeling sick, you should stay away from work, school or public places, to help prevent putting other people at risk.

If you or a family member suspect you have measles you should stay at home and call Healthline on 0800 611 116 or your doctor to alert them of your symptoms. If you have measles it is important to avoid spreading it to others in the waiting room.

When you immunise your child, you’re also protecting the people around them, including those who can’t be immunised themselves.

Auckland infants can get their first dose of MMR from 12 months of age. For those outside the Auckland region, infants can continue to receive their first dose at 15 months and 4 years.

People aged 50 years and over are considered immune as measles used to be very common, so won’t need the measles immunisations.

At this stage the Ministry does not recommend event organisers cancel events such as concerts, sports events, festivals, or other public congregations. However, organisers are asked to liaise closely with their local DHBs and public health units for the latest advice.