Have you been fully vaccinated against Measles???
A new adult vaccination program has been announced for Western Australians born in or after 1966 who have not already received two doses of a measles-containing vaccine.
The number of measles cases in WA has been increasing in recent years, with 36 reported in 2018 – the highest figure since 2014 when 44 measles cases were confirmed. So far in 2019, there have been 14 confirmed cases of measles with the Health Department warning
“more cases are expected over the coming weeks”.
Measles is one of the most easily spread of all human infections. Just being in the same room as someone with measles can result in transmission of infection. In the past, measles infection was very common in childhood. Now, due to immunisation, measles infection is rare in Australia, however it remains a common disease outside Australia and outbreaks can occur when overseas travellers bring the virus back to Australia with them.
Adults born during or after 1966 are requested to check that they have had two documented doses of a measles vaccine at some stage in their life, especially if they plan to travel overseas. People who are not sure if they have had two doses of measles vaccine, should see their doctor for
the free vaccine – While the vaccine is free.
Parents are also urged to make sure their children receive their measles vaccinations on schedule at 12 and 18 months of age.
Please call us today on 9707 2793 to make an appointment.