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Measles Outbreak

Exposed Individuals

If you or your child have had a suspected or confirmed contact with a case of measles, contact the medical centre immediately via telephone. Due to of our increased call volume, please leave a voicemail if you are unable to get through to the reception team immediately.

Please do not walk into the clinic if you have been exposed to measles as you may put others at risk, including infants or individuals unable to be vaccinated.

If you have the following symptoms but are unsure if you have been exposed, please call and speak with a nurse:

  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Cough
  • (please notice that a rash does not develop immediately upon contracting measles)

Patients who have been exposed to measles may be asked to enter the clinic through a back entrance to avoid further risk to other patients.

MMR Vaccines

The recent measles outbreak has created a high demand for the MMR vaccine across Christchurch. Our supplier has provided us with some additional vaccines and we are hoping to receive more soon.

Because there is a shortage, we are currently prioritising vaccines per the Canterbury Primary Response Group’s recommendations:

  1. Children aged 12 months to 13 years who have never been vaccinated.
  2. Children and adults aged 14 years to 28 years who have never been vaccinated.
  3. Ring-fencing children who cannot be vaccinated (ensuring everybody around those children have had 2 MMR vaccines).
  4. Routine immunisation program (15 months and 4 years)
  5. Occupational groups who have frequent contact with children (e.g. teachers, healthcare, etc.)

If you or your child fit into one of these groups, please call our medical centre (033892550) to schedule a nurse appointment. Please understand that the additional demand for vaccines has caused a shortage of nurse appointments and we may not be able to provide the vaccine until we receive more supply or the next nurse appointment becomes available. If we are able to stock more vaccines, we will do our best to add additional MMR clinics but at this time we do not have enough stock on hand.

Upon receiving a steady supply of the MMR vaccine we will begin texting individuals who need MMR vaccines by priority.

The Pegasus 24 Hour Surgery is not providing MMR vaccines at this time. All patients are being advised to attend their GP for vaccination.

General Information on the measles

Anyone who has had 2 doses of MMR in their lifetime is protected from measles. After a single dose of MMR vaccine 90–95 out of 100 people will be protected from measles

Individuals born before 1969 are considered to be protected.

MMR is a “live attenuated” vaccine, meaning that some individuals may not be able to receive the vaccine (e.g. medication or disease that suppresses your immune system).

Pregnant women cannot have an MMR vaccine.

Individuals who contract mealses are infectious for 3-7 days before developing a rash and continue to be infectious until 5 days after the rash has gone away.

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Please note that updates will be posted here and on our Facebook page in the near future.