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Get immunised against measles

Wednesday 10 August 2022 3:59pm

The reopening of international borders and low immunisation rates has increased the chances of another measles outbreak.

Measles is even more contagious than COVID‑19 and can be life-threatening to those who have not been vaccinated.

If you’re not sure if you have been vaccinated against measles, it’s best to get immunised.

The vaccinations are free for New Zealand residents or if your visa allows you to stay for two years, and contacts of cases.

Two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine are required to be fully immunised.

Who should have an MMR vaccination:

  • People born after 1969
  • People who have not had two MMR vaccinations or
  • don’t have any proof of vaccination.

There are no safety concerns with having additional MMR doses. (However, people who are pregnant cannot have the MMR vaccine.)

You can have an MMR vaccine at the same time as your COVID‑19 vaccine or influenza vaccine.

Call Student Health to book your appointment on 0800 479 821