Are you aged 15-30 years?

PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST MEASLES – IT’S EASY AND FREE  

 

Say yes if a health professional offers you a free measles immunisation.

You can ask your GP for a measles immunisation. It’s free.

You can also get a free immunisation at some pharmacies if you’re 16 or older. Check if your local pharmacy offers the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) immunisation. If it does, you can just turn up. You don’t need an appointment.

Click here for a list of the pharmacies in the Lakes DHB area where you can get a measles immunisation.

The measles immunisation is called MMR. It helps protect you against three serious diseases: measles, mumps and rubella.



THERE ARE GOOD REASONS TO GET IMMUNISED


• You could get very sick if you get measles
You can have complications like pneumonia, seizures and swelling of the brain. People can die from measles.

• You might make others very sick if you get measles
Some people can’t have the MMR vaccine because they’re very young or have a disease that affects their immune system. Being immunised means you’re less likely to catch measles and spread it to vulnerable people.

• If you get measles when you’re pregnant*, it could affect your baby
This can have life-long impacts on your baby’s health. You may go into labour early or your baby may have a low birth weight.

* You can’t have the MMR vaccine when you’re pregnant.

• You could miss out on earning, learning or having fun
If you haven’t had the MMR vaccine and are in the same room as someone with measles, you will have to isolate for up to two weeks. This is to make sure you don’t have measles and can’t pass it on to others.

• We recently had a measles outbreak
In New Zealand, more than 2,000 people got measles in 2019. 700 had to go to hospital. Māori and Pacific peoples were particularly affected. We need 95 percent of people to be immune to reach ‘community immunity’ (sometimes known as ‘herd immunity’) and help stop future outbreaks.

• Measles is only a plane-ride away
Measles is still common in many countries. People can bring it into New Zealand without knowing. You could also be exposed if you travel to certain countries overseas.



Not sure if you’re already immunised against measles?


Lots of people aged between 15 and 30 years didn’t get fully immunised when they were children. This puts you at risk of catching and spreading measles.
Ask your doctor, parent or caregiver if you had two doses of the MMR vaccine as a child.
If you don’t know, it’s best to get immunised. It’s safe to have an extra dose of the MMR vaccine.

Want more information? Go to ProtectAgainstMeasles.org.nz

Click here for the factsheet.