Source: New Zealand Herald, 23 August 2016
Extra immunisation clinics in early June helped prevent new
cases of measles in Northland after an outbreak in May, health
There were six confirmed cases until then, which Northland
medical officer of health Clair Mills put down to the immunisation
coverage in teenagers being too low to stop the spread of
Since then, immunisation clinics the Northland District Health
Board organised in Kerikeri and Kaikohe vaccinated more than 400
people between the ages of 12 and 25, and seasonal workers, with no
new cases reported. GP clinics also reported giving out a higher
than usual number of mumps and rubella jabs (MMR), Dr Mills
"Teenagers have historically had low immunisation rate because
when they were young they had 70 to 80 per cent immunisation.
General practices continue to see an increased coverage and that's
important because ... we are vulnerable to new cases that are
imported from outside New Zealand," Dr Mills said.
The community clinics helped staff update public health records
of people over 10 years old who were not on the National
Immunisation Register which came into existence in 2005.
Northland MMR coverage is approaching 90 per cent. Babies under
15 months are at risk because they haven't had MMR shots yet.
Anyone displaying symptoms of measles should immediately
telephone their doctor or Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice.
Northland DHB also has a Measles Hotline on 0800 222 030.