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Media Release: Measles Update

Issue date:

Tuesday 10 September 2019

 Queenstown measles update

There are five new confirmed measles cases in Queenstown. The total number of confirmed cases is now 20.

Currently we are aiming to contain the Queenstown measles outbreak and stop it spreading into other areas.

Southern DHB’s Medical Officer of Health Dr Susan Jack is asking everyone in the community to do their bit to stop measles spreading and protect people who can’t be vaccinated due to age, allergies and medical conditions.

“If you are a contact of a confirmed case and asked to be in isolation then please follow those instructions. Or, if you suspect you might have measles, you need to isolate yourself until you know for sure. Don’t go to the medical centre or emergency department, call ahead for advice or call Healthline on 0800 611 116.”

She adds that unvaccinated people need to be aware that they could be contagious before they display symptoms, “if you are not vaccinated and have had contact with a measles case, you need to be isolated for 14 days”.

A drop-in vaccination clinic will operate in Queenstown tomorrow (Wednesday 11 September) at:

St John Frankton, Room 1

10 Douglas St, Frankton, Queenstown

1:00pm – 5:00 pm

The clinic is for MMR vaccines for anyone who is unvaccinated or those older than four years old who have only had one vaccination. The clinic will not provide early vaccinations to children younger than 4 years old or 15 months old. Currently the normal vaccination schedule of one MMR at 15 months and one MMR at 4 years should continue to be followed.

The Ministry of Health and PHARMAC have lifted the pause on measles vaccine orders and will be distributing MMR vaccine to practices in Queenstown and Central Otago areas. There is limited stock available and prioritisation is being discussed for vaccine distribution in the next week.

The Immunisation Advisory Centre has provided up to date information about measles immunity and the MMR vaccine on their website: https://www.immune.org.nz/hot-topic/measles-overseas-and-new-zealand

For more information on measles please visit the Ministry of Health website.