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Measles in Australia

19 Sep 2013

The health authorities for the state of Queensland in the north-east of Australia are recommending that parents ensure their children have been immunised against measles. This advice follows the report of 16 measles cases in the state this year (2013).

The most recent cases have been reported from the Ipswich area of west Brisbane. Most of the cases are in the 20-30 years age group, with two individuals requiring hospital treatment.

Measles has been imported into Australia by returning travellers as many of the cases gave a history of recent travel to destinations including Southeast Asia and Europe.

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.