Measles vaccination


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.

Getting a measles vaccine

Getting a measles vaccine

Why you need a measles vaccine

Being vaccinated means you'll be protected against this dangerous disease and you can't pass it on to vulnerable people.  

Why it's important to get the measles vaccine

Side effects and how it works


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%.

Side effects of the measles vaccine and how it works

Childhood measles immunisation

Tamariki need 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. 

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