Advice on Measles from CHIV

Picture from left: Judy Gilmour, Michele Lowe, Jenny Bielby and Rebecca Henley.

The Community HIV Resource Team (CHIV) is made up of three nurse specialists and a social worker. This amazing team of dynamic women are the backbone of the ID clinic at Auckland Hospital.

With the current measles outbreak we asked the team what do people living with HIV need to know? This is their advice.

People aged between 15 and 50 should check their immunisation records to ensure they received 2 doses of the MMR vaccine as a child. If they didn’t they should visit a clinic for free measles vaccination.

People aged over 50 are likely to be immune as measles was a common childhood illness at that time and therefore they don’t need a vaccination.

It is safe for PLHIV to have the measles vaccine so long as their CD4 is greater than 200.

For more information check out the Ministry of Health Website
https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/diseases-and-illnesses/measles

Note: there is limited supply of the measles vaccine and children are highest priority for it.