The Ministry of Health is reminding all healthcare professionals and those working in health care facilities, born on 1 January 1969 or later, to ensure they are protected against measles.
Healthcare workers are at greater risk of contracting measles (and other preventable diseases) than the general public, and risk passing on disease to vulnerable patients, including infants.
For any adult born after 1969 in New Zealand who has received only a single dose of MMR in childhood, a second dose is recommended to achieve full protection, particularly against measles. If two doses of MMR vaccine are required, the second dose should be given four weeks after the initial dose.
MMR immunisation should be offered to all healthcare workers who have not received two doses of MMR vaccine or who do not have serological evidence of protection for measles, mumps and rubella.
For more information about protecting patients in the waiting room visit the Ministry of Health website.