Measles is now in the community in New Zealand. Measles is a highly contagious disease that can be life threatening. Measles is caused by a virus and is easily preventable with immunisation.
Symptoms include fever, cold-like symptoms, sore, red eyes and a blotchy rash that lasts for up to a week. Learn more about measles from the following websites:
Ministry of Health: Measles | Ministry of Health NZ
Te Whatu Ora (Health New Zealand): Measles – Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand
Measles, mumps and rubella can all be very serious illnesses, but measles is particularly dangerous. It can lead to pneumonia, brain infection and sometimes death, and it spreads very quickly.
Learn if you may have been exposed to the Measles virus here in New Zealand:
The MMR vaccination helps protect you and your tamariki, and it’s free for anyone born after 1 January 1969. Vaccination is particularly important if you are planning to travel overseas – to protect yourself and to help prevent outbreaks in New Zealand. Learn how and where you can get vaccinated:
Download the Measles factsheets from Ministry of Health:
Below are links to posters you can download for your own use:
Below are links to social media tiles you can download for your own use:
Fijian - Measles is here (PDF)
Niuean- Measles is here (PDF)
Samoan - Measles is here (PDF)
Tongan - Measles is here (PDF)