Getting vaccinated

What you should know

Measles Mumps Rubella

What is Measles?

Measles is a highly contagious viral illness that causes a skin rash and fever. Serious and sometimes fatal complications include pneumonia and encephalitis (brain inflammation). Due to the serious implications of contraction, an MMR vaccine is highly advised for heightened, ongoing protection.

Measles is rare in Australia because of the widespread use of the measles vaccine. Measles vaccination is readily available and implemented by many residents. However, many adults have missed the disease and vaccination, and should therefore be vaccinated prior to travel. Measles is still highly endemic in Asia and Africa, and imported infection has been responsible for several outbreaks in Australia recently. Measles vaccination is key when travelling to higher risk locations and should be discussed with your doctor ahead of your trip.

What is Mumps ?

Mumps causes fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and swollen salivary glands. Complications can include swelling of the testicles or ovaries, deafness, inflammation of the brain and/or tissue covering the brain and spinal cord (encephalitis/meningitis) and, rarely, death.

What is Rubella?

Rubella, causes fever, sore throat, rash, headache, and red, itchy eyes. If a woman gets rubella while she is pregnant, she could have a miscarriage or her baby could be born with serious birth defects.


Measles, Mumps & Rubella vaccine comes as a single injection and should be considered for anyone born since 1966 who has not had 2 doses of MMR or who has no serological evidence of protection. Rash, lethargy, or fever can occur 7–10 days after vaccination and last 2–3 days.

*This information is to be used as a guide only. Medical advice is recommended to individuals depending on their medical history, previous vaccination history and their itinerary.