Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education agree joint approach to help prevent measles spreading

There have been more than 1800 cases of measles in New Zealand since the start of 2019 and most of these cases have been in unvaccinated people, or in those who do not know their vaccination status.

The memorandum of understanding will allow information on schools’ overall vaccination rates – the number and percentage of students in schools who are fully vaccinated against measles – to be calculated by the Ministry of Health using the National Immunisation Register and shared with local public health officers. This will give them a better understanding of schools’ overall rates of immunity against measles.

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