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Measles in Indonesia

11 Dec 2013

As of 11 November 2013, the World Health Organization has reported more than 6300 confirmed measles cases in Indonesia during 2013. In August 2013, a US traveler returned from Indonesia with measles and spread the disease within a community in the state of Texas.

In October 2013, five Australians were diagnosed with measles after returning from Bali.

Advice for Travellers

It should be confirmed that children have received their recommended doses of MMR at 12-15 months of age and again pre-school around 3 years 6 months, while unimmunised adults who have not had the disease themselves may consider vaccination if thought to be at risk. Two doses of MMR vaccine are required to give adequate protection.