Measles Alert: Three new measles cases confirmed in western Sydney

27 March 2017

Two children and a young adult have recently contracted measles and spent time in the western Sydney suburbs of Auburn and Chester Hill while infectious between 19-23 March. These cases bring the total number of measles infections to 11 that have been reported in NSW in 2017, eight of which were acquired overseas.

Anyone born during or since 1966 should have two doses of vaccine (at least four weeks apart). For young children, the measles vaccine is recommended at 12 months and again at 18 months of age. NSW Health offers free MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine through GPs for people born during or since 1966 with no records of having received two doses of MMR vaccine. It is safe to have the vaccine more than twice, so people who are unsure should be vaccinated.

Ensure that patients planning to travel overseas are fully vaccinated against measles before departure to reduce their risk of contracting measles and bringing the disease back to Australia.

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