Measles vaccination

No measles case in Vanuatu, free vaccination for children 6 months to 15 years

In response to the increased threat of measles in the Pacific, with outbreaks currently in New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and Australia, the Ministry of Health is taking extra precautions to reduce the risk for Vanuatu.

The Ministry of Health and its partners, World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have implemented a range of preparedness activities under the guidance and coordination of the Measles National Task Force established in October 2019.

UN agencies tell Pacific to vaccinate against measles

They said this should to happen before travelling internationally, attending major events or community gatherings.

Vaccination provided the best protection against measles and parents should get their children immunised, the agencies said.

In October, Samoa and Tonga both declared measles outbreaks.

Both UNICEF and the WHO said they were continuing to provide resources to Pacific states to respond to the measles threat.