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Measles (MMR) Vaccine



Why it’s important to get the measles vaccine

Measles spreads faster than almost any other disease and can be very dangerous. On average, one dose is 95% effective, and two doses is more than 99% effective. People who have had their measles vaccine can’t catch measles and spread it to vulnerable people.

The measles vaccination is also called the MMR vaccine. It protects you against 3 viral infections:

  • measles,
  • mumps, and
  • rubella


The risk of measles

Measles outbreaks happen regularly overseas, and with people coming into Aotearoa New Zealand, there’s a risk of measles spreading here.  

Measles is a highly contagious virus that is spread through coughing and sneezing. Symptoms typically begin with high fever, cough, runny nose, and red watery eyes. 

If you’re not vaccinated it can make you very sick and affect your health for the rest of your life. 

One in 10 people with measles will need hospital treatment and it can result in serious complications like pneumonia, seizures, and swelling of the brain. People can potentially die from measles. 


If you’re pregnant 

If you get measles when you’re pregnant it could affect your baby. You may go into labour early or your baby may have a low birthweight. This can have life-long impacts on your baby’s health. 

You can’t have the MMR vaccine while you’re pregnant, so it is important to be vaccinated before planning a pregnancy. 

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