Going overseas for the school and university holiday break? Bring back memories, not measles!
Make sure your pre-travel to-do list includes checking your immunity against measles.
No matter where you’re travelling, make sure you’re protected. If you’re not fully vaccinated, or have never been vaccinated, you’re at risk of contracting measles.
What is measles?
Measles is a serious, highly contagious, viral illness that is easily spread through the air when an infectious person coughs, sneezes or breathes. (It’s definitely not the type of souvenir you want to bring home.)
How do I know if I’m fully protected against measles?
In Australia, the measles vaccine (MMR) consists of 2 doses. If you’re not sure whether you’ve had 2 doses, visit your doctor. It’s safe to receive another dose.
People born outside Australia
If you don’t have a written medical record that confirms you’ve had two vaccinations or a blood test that shows you are immune, you should talk to a doctor. If you have a Medicare card, you can get the MMR vaccine.
Babies under 12 months old
If you’re travelling with a baby under 12 months old, consult your doctor about getting their measles vaccination. Learn more about childhood vaccination.
Where to get the measles vaccine
GP / Doctor
For more information about measles vaccination, visit NSW Health or consult your local doctor. Don’t risk catching and spreading the measles!