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MMR Vaccination (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)

Get protected against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella.

  • The first dose is generally given to children around 9 months to 15 months of age, with a second dose at 15 months to 6 years of age, with at least 4 weeks between the doses.

  • After two doses, 97% of people are protected against measles, 88% against mumps, and at least 97% against rubella.  

  • Not sure if you’re immunised against measles?  It’s okay to get immunised again.

Book your appointment at a time and place that's convenient for you. 

Why should I get an MMR vaccine?

Measles spreads faster than almost any other disease and can be very dangerous. On average, one dose is 95% effective, 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.

The measles vaccination is also called the MMR vaccine. It protects you against 3 viral infections:

  • measles,

  • mumps, and

  • rubella

Measles outbreaks happen regularly overseas, and with people coming into Aotearoa New Zealand, there’s a risk of measles spreading here.  

Measles is a highly contagious virus that is spread through coughing and sneezing. Symptoms typically begin with high fever, cough, runny nose, and red watery eyes. 

If you’re not vaccinated it can make you very sick and affect your health for the rest of your life. 

One in 10 people with measles will need hospital treatment and it can result in serious complications like pneumonia, seizures, and swelling of the brain. People can potentially die from measles. 

Can adults have the MMR Vaccine?

Adults born before 1969 in New Zealand or overseas

Adults in this age group are not recommended to receive MMR vaccination. Generally, they are considered to be immune to measles. No measles vaccine was available in New Zealand until 1969 and measles is so infectious that people born before this were highly likely to be exposed. For those born overseas, it is similar as most countries introduced a measles vaccine in the late 1960s, 1970s or later.

Adults born in 1969 or later in New Zealand or Overseas

  • Two documented doses of MMR vaccine given at least four weeks apart are recommended for individuals born in 1969 or later.

  • Who have one documented dose of MMR prior to chemotherapy should receive a second dose of MMR vaccine, OR

  • Who do not have any documented doses of MMR vaccine should receive two doses of MMR vaccine six months post- chemotherapy and when their lymphocyte count is greater than 1.0 x 109/L.

Adults born before 1969

Are considered immune to measles. Vaccinating these adults post-chemotherapy is not indicated

Living Rewards members receive 10 Living Rewards points when they receive a MMR Vaccination.


Unichem Campus Pharmacy

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Level 1, Student Commons, 9 Symonds Street, Auckland CBD, AUCKLAND 1010

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(09) 377 1991

Unichem Lunn Ave Pharmacy

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2/110 Lunn Ave, Mt Wellington, AUCKLAND 1072

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(09) 570 5820

Unichem Stoddard Road Pharmacy

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301a Roskill Centre, 22 Stoddard Road, Mt Roskill, AUCKLAND 1041

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(09) 620 0360

Unichem Torbay Pharmacy

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1040 Beach Road, Torbay, AUCKLAND 0630

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(09) 473 9629

Unichem Panmure Pharmacy

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74-76 Queens Road, Panmure, AUCKLAND 1072

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(09) 527 7719

Unichem Grey Lynn Pharmacy

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580 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, AUCKLAND 1021

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(09) 360 1159

Unichem Browns Bay Pharmacy

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66 Clyde Road, North Shore, AUCKLAND 0630

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(09) 478 7069

Unichem Takanini Pharmacy

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3/226 Great South Road, Takanini, AUCKLAND 2112

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(09) 951 5334

Unichem Sandringham Pharmacy

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2 Kitchener Road, Sandringham, AUCKLAND 1025

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(09) 846 6552

Unichem Coxs Pharmacy

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Cnr Line Road & Mayfair Place, Glen Innes, AUCKLAND 1072

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(09) 528 5117

Unichem Apollo Pharmacy

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119 Apollo Drive, Albany, AUCKLAND 0632

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(09) 476 9016

Unichem Waiuku Medical Pharmacy

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30B Constable Road, Waiuku, AUCKLAND 2123

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(09) 235 0922

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