19 Jul 2019

Measles immunity gap

From The Panel, 4:51 pm on 19 July 2019

There's a generation of New Zealanders who fall into the so-called measles immunity gap. They're people in their teens to mid-30s. This is the age group who are more likely than other demographics not to have been vaccinated. The National Measles Elimination Verification Committee met in May last year and they recommended a national programme around immunisation. No that hasn't happened. Unless you count a $35, 000 awareness campaign. Dr Helen Petousis-Harris says what's needed is a comprehensive, nationwide social media campaign.