National Health Advisory Notification of measles outbreaks overseas Thursday, 28 February 2019

There are currently significant measles outbreaks overseas, including in the Philippines and some European countries.  For countries that are affected, please check the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, USA) website for travel updates - https://www.cdc.gov/measles/travelers.html.

The Ministry of Health is advising practices to be alert to the possibility of measles among patients who have recently travelled through its regular information to practices about immunisation issues.

They are also advising people travelling overseas to make sure they are fully immunised against measles before they go.  In particular, the Ministry recommends that infants aged 6-15 months travelling to countries where there is a current measles outbreak be given MMR vaccine before they travel.

Ministry of Health measles information is available at:
http://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/diseases-and-illnesses/measles