The vaccine that protects against measles is now available to Auckland babies from six months old.

This is in addition to the 12-month and four-year-old scheduled MMR vaccinations Auckland children under five should receive.

Babies aged from six months who are travelling to Auckland from outside the region can also now receive the vaccine.

Last week 107,520 MMR vaccines were being distributed around the country. And the Ministry of Health has advised that another 155,000 more doses will arrive in New Zealand over the next three months.

If you’re younger than 30 and haven’t had measles or an MMR vaccine before, talk to your GP about whether you may now be eligible to receive one dose of the vaccine.

More advice and information about measles and MMR vaccination is available by free phoning Healthline on 0800 611 116 or the Immunisation Advisory Centre on 0800 IMMUNE (466 863)

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