Measles in New Zealand

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Vaccination priority groups

In view of significant limitations in MMR supply, general practices and PHOs are asked to reserve vaccine for the priority groups described below.

 

All of New Zealand except Northland, Auckland and Southern DHBs

  • Ensure all children receive their Schedule vaccines on time at 15 months and 4 years.
  • Actively recall children aged under 5 years who need catch-up vaccination.
  • Opportunistically offer one catch-up dose of MMR for children aged 5 years to under 15 years who do not have one documented MMR vaccination.
  • Vaccinate susceptible close contacts of a confirmed case within 72 hours of first exposure to measles when possible.

Southern DHB

  • Ensure all children receive their Schedule vaccines on time at 15 months and 4 years.
  • Actively recall children aged under 5 years who need catch-up vaccination.
  • Actively recall children aged 5 years to under 18 years who do not have one documented MMR vaccination.
  • Vaccinate susceptible close contacts of a confirmed case within 72 hours of first exposure to measles when possible.

Clinicians are still able to vaccinate outside of the priority groups. This decision would depend on whether the practice has sufficient vaccine without impacting on the stock needed for their priority groups.