Measles is a very contagious viral infection that can cause a rash and fever. In some cases, it can lead to hospitalisation and in severe circumstances, death. An increase in international measles cases means that travelers have the potential to spread the infection to unimmune members of our community.
Vaccination is a safe and effective way to protect you from measles. The Department of Health recommends measles immunisation for:
- children aged 12 months and 18 months, for free under the National Immunisation Program
- anyone born during or since 1966 who has not had 2 doses of the measles vaccine
- people working in early childhood education, care facilities and healthcare, if they have not had 2 doses of the measles vaccine
- people who are travelling overseas, if they have not had 2 doses of the vaccine.