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). Measles is rare in Australia because of the widespread use of the measles vaccine. 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.


 

Prevention

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