Immunise Australia Program
Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing
Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. Immunise Australia Program. Information Line 1800 671 811
Immunise Australia Program. Information Line 1800 671 811

Measles

Information about measles immunisation funded under the Immunise Australia Program.


Measles is a highly infectious disease caused by the Morbillivirus. The virus is spread from person to person through droplets in the air.

Symptoms take between 10 and 14 days to show after infection and include:

Complications of measles include ear, brain and lung infections, which can lead to brain damage and death. Approximately one child in every 1,000 who contracts measles will develop inflammation of the brain (encephalitis). For every 10 children who contract encephalitis, one will die and up to four will have permanent brain damage.

Measles is a vaccine preventable disease. Measles vaccination is recommended as part of routine childhood immunisation. It is listed on the National Immunisation Program (NIP) Schedule and funded for children under the Immunise Australia Program. To receive measles immunisation, visit your local doctor or immunisation provider. It is important to note that the vaccine is provided at no cost, however a consultation fee may apply.

Immunisation against measles is achieved using the MMR and MMRV combination vaccines. The first dose is given at 12 months of age as the MMR vaccine and the second dose is given at 18 months of age as the MMRV vaccine.

If your child is aged over 18 months at 1 July 2013, they will receive the second dose at four years of age as the MMR vaccine, as per the previous NIP schedule. This schedule point will remain until 31 December 2015.

For information about immunisation in your area contact your State or Territory Health Department. For further information on routine childhood immunisation, refer to the Understanding Childhood Immunisation booklet. For technical information or information about vaccines, refer to the measles section of the Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition 2013.

New South Wales Department of Health

New South Wales is offering a catch up program to students in Years 7-12 in selected high schools (approximately 140) identified as having a high risk of further measles outbreaks in South Western Sydney and Western Sydney as well as a small number in local health districts.

If your child’s school is one of the participating schools in the program, an MMR Parent Information Kit will be sent home with your child.

More information on the measles catch up program in NSW.


Page last modified: 29 July, 2014