We have received a limited number of MMR vaccines this afternoon.
The following groups should now have received a text or phone invitation to book MMR:
- Children under 18 years who have not received a single MMR dose
- Children aged 12mths-15mths, whose caregivers choose to give their 15mth vaccines early
This leaves a small amount of available vaccine for a large group of preschoolers, and a smaller group of school-aged children, who haven’t had their second MMR yet.
We will manage these children in age bands. The first age band recall is for 3.5-5 yr olds. We have enough vaccine for this group only, until more MMR is delivered to Christchurch. We hope this will be at the end of this week, at which point we will open up our clinics more generally.
While our vaccine supply is so limited, we are not opening up the clinics for on-line booking, so if you are in one of the groups to have received a text today, you will need to phone reception to book an appointment.
We continue to request that those of you aged between 18-50 years, who have had zero MMR doses, phone us to arrange a vaccination. We do not have accurate enough historical records to contact this group electronically. Those over the age of 50 are considered to have immunity to measles. Those aged 29-50yrs will be recalled for a second dose of MMR once we get sufficient vaccine doses delivered to the medical centre.
We also wish to advise that pregnant women cannot have MMR vaccine.
We appreciate that this is a worrying time, particularly for families of children who have only had 1 dose of MMR. Fortunately, even 1 dose of MMR gives a very high likelihood of immunity to measles. We are doing our best to get all our at-risk patients vaccinated, but are sharing a limited vaccine resource with all the practices in Christchurch. Please remember that people continue to need to our services for non-measles related health conditions, and our phone lines need to be kept as open as possible to serve our patient population.
Please continue to phone us if it is within 72 hrs of you or a family member being in contact with a suspected or confirmed case of measles.
If you are concerned that you or a family member has symptoms of measles, please do not bring them into our medical centre. Phone for nurse advice, and if the chances of measles are considered high, you will be given an appointment and asked to phone reception when you are in the car park. A nurse and/or GP will examine the unwell person in their vehicle and decide if testing is required for measles.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. Our goal is to deliver catch up MMR as smoothly and swiftly as we are able, within the constraints of supply.