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Measles in Australia (ex Bali)

20 Mar 2017

On the 19 March 2017 a ProMedMail report advised that four travellers returning to Western Australia following a holiday in Bali have been diagnosed with measles in the last week. Additionally, other Australian states have reported measles cases in travellers returning from Bali in the past fortnight.

Advice for Travellers

Young people who missed their MMR vaccines as children are vulnerable. It should be confirmed that children and young people have received their recommended doses of MMR at 12-13 months of age and again pre-school around 3 years 4 months. 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.