Measles vaccinations being offered to patients and whaanau at Middlemore Hospital’s Emergency Department
Media Release 27 August 2019 | The measles vaccine (MMR vaccine) is now being offered to patients and visitors in Middlemore Hospital’s Emergency Department starting Friday, 23 August and running over the next couple of weeks from 1pm-9.30pm daily. The clinic has nurse vaccinators who will provide the vaccine to whaanau aged 1-50 years who have not had their measles vaccination or are unsure if they have had it.
“Vaccination is very important to stop the spread of measles in our community. Nurse vaccinators are offering this opportunistic vaccination for patients and whaanau who are in our emergency department, but we still want to encourage whaanau in the community that the best place to get the measles vaccine is at their doctor. It’s free for people 1-50 years," says Counties Manukau Health Clinical Director - Emergency Department and Middlemore Central Dr Vanessa Thornton.
The rapid rise of measles in Counties Manukau since early June 2019, has meant a more targeted vaccination initiative in the Counties Manukau area is currently taking place to encourage whaanau to get the measles vaccine to stop further spread of this highly contagious virus.
“The Outreach Immunisation team currently provides outreach and opportunistic vaccination to people not engaged or enrolled with primary care. We are considering how best to ‘ramp up’ this resource and provide outreach and opportunistic vaccination in the community in a range of locations (and at a range of times including weekends and evenings) to improve coverage for Maaori and Pacific aged 1-29,” says Counties Manukau Health Primary Care Programme Manager Kate Dowson.
“We are still working through the detail of exactly where these clinics are likely to be, and will provide our communities with more detail in the future.”
Visiting your family doctor is still the best way to talk about your vaccinations and make sure your protected from measles. For more information, visit the Auckland Regional Public Health Service website.