Potential measles outbreak in western Sydney

30 March 2017

Three infants and a young adult from the western Sydney region, and a young adult from Queensland who spent time in far northern NSW, have contracted the disease.
Symptoms of measles include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed three or four days later by a red, blotchy rash spreading from the head and neck to the rest of the body.
NSW Health has renewed its calls for people in western Sydney to take advantage of free measles shots available at their GP following the detection of four measles cases in the area.

In addition to the National Immunisation Program, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines are provided for free in NSW for:

  • Unvaccinated individuals born during or after 1966, including unvaccinated students in Years 7-12;
  • For vaccination of rubella seronegative post natal women.

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