Measles, mumps and rubella can all be very serious illnesses, but measles is particularly dangerous. It can lead to pneumonia, brain infection and sometimes death, and it spreads very quickly. The MMR vaccination helps protect you and your tamariki, and it’s free.
In this section
- Your tamariki needs two doses of the MMR vaccine to be fully protected. Their first dose is usually given at 12 months and the second dose at 15 months of age. These vaccinations are free. Read more
- How to find out if you’ve had your measles vaccine, where to get one, and what to expect. Read more
- The measles or MMR vaccine is very effective. After one dose, about 95% of people are protected from measles. After two doses, more than 99%. Read more
- Measles spreads faster than almost any other disease and can be very dangerous. On average, one dose is 95% effective at preventing measles, and two doses is more than 99% effective. People who have had their measles vaccine can’t catch measles and spread it to vulnerable people. Read more