The MMR vaccine protects against 3 viral infections – measles, mumps and rubella.
Of all diseases, measles is one of the most dangerous and contagious. It’s so infectious that, if you’re not vaccinated and come into contact with someone who has measles, you’re very likely to catch it and pass it on to others.
Measles spreads through coughing and sneezing. It can cause a rash, ear infection, diarrhoea, and seizures caused by fever.
Funding and Cost
The MMR vaccine is free for:
The MMR vaccine is offered to tamariki on the schedule at 12 months and 15 months, but an additional early dose may be available if there is an outbreak of measles. For those who missed out on their MMR immunisations, it’s free for everyone aged 18 years old and under – it does not matter what your visa or citizenship status is. This includes visitors to Aotearoa New Zealand.
For people over 18 years old, the MMR vaccine is free if you’re a resident, or eligible for free healthcare in New Zealand.
For Adults born between 1989 and 2004: Many adults and rangatahi (young people) born between 1989 and 2004 in New Zealand were not vaccinated against measles. Adults need to be up to date with MMR vaccinations to protect themselves and their community. For best protection, 2 doses are needed, a minimum of 4 weeks apart.
To check whether you have been vaccinated, contact your doctor, nurse, or healthcare provider.
If you’re unable to find out if you have been vaccinated, it’s recommended you get vaccinated as soon as possible. There’s no additional risk in getting extra MMR doses – it’s important to know you’ve had 2 doses.
You cannot have an MMR vaccine while you are pregnant.
Unichem Bishopdale provides MMR vaccines for people 12 years and older