- As at 0830hrs 16 September, there have been 1064 confirmed cases of measles in the Akl region, which is an increase of 36 cases in the Auckland region since Situation Report 11 provided on Friday 13 September.
- New cases are mainly occurring in South Auckland. In total 736 cases have occurred in CMDHB.
Vaccine Stock and Distribution
- Ongoing routine immunisation programmes and high community immunity are the best way to prevent disease outbreaks. However, vaccination is not typically the first response for an outbreak of measles as it takes 14 days to develop immunity following vaccination.
- The Ministry of Health is in contact with DHB Planning and Funding Managers across New Zealand to manage stock requirements.
- PHARMAC has arranged with the vaccine supplier to bring forward the next two expected orders of vaccine to assist with supporting the increased demand of vaccine. An order of 52,000 doses of MMR vaccine arrived in New Zealand on 16 September, with orders expected to be able to be taken from 19 September.
So…at this point in time, all DHBs are providing local stock take data and once the MOH has a good handle on who has what and who needs what they will be in a position to discuss future vaccine management. We are hoping to hear this tomorrow.
A reminder to all to remember to make sure that the Public Health unit / MooH needs to be notified (by law) on suspicion of measles (not just confirmed cases). This applies to all hospital faciltiies as well.
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