News

New posters for use in general practice or community pharmacy regarding influenza have been produced. Facilities such as residential or aged care homes may choose to use either poster. Click below to download the resource.

Measles

On May 16 Canterbury health authorities declared the measles outbreak that started in the region on 16 February 2019 officially over.

There were a total of 38 confirmed measles cases linked to the outbreak in Canterbury, plus one additional case.

Key Messages:

The anticipated vaccination programme going forward:

  • Revert to the National Immunisation Schedule (usually providing the first MMR vaccination at 12-15 months age and then the second at 4 years of age).
  • Within the National Schedule any unvaccinated individuals under the age of 50 years may still be vaccinated on an opportunistic basis.
  • Both CDC and the New Zealand Ministry of Health currently recommend that those embarking on overseas travel (particularly to endemic areas) are fully vaccinated with a documented 2 MMR doses prior to travel. https://safetravel.govt.nz
  • People born before 1969 (50 years of age and over) will likely have been exposed to the measles virus and will have acquired immunity. It is not indicated to vaccinate in this older age group.

For previous measles updates, see Resources or Other Infectious Risks pages.

For more information on measles visit:

Recent events

Our sincerest condolences to all following the Mosque attacks in Christchurch on 15 March 2019.

Information for cultural and mental health supports are available below:

Other emergencies

For up-to-date emergency notices across the country, visit the Ministry of Civil Defence website. For local information, the Civil Defence Emergency Management Group website provides information across our district. Check with NZTA for updates on road conditions.