Travellers – Have you had 2 doses of Measles Vaccine?

13 June 2019

Travellers are strongly recommended to have received 2 doses of measles-containing vaccine. Measles importation after international travel is the most significant source of measles cases in Australia.

Measles remains endemic in many parts of the world, including destinations popular with Australian travelers, such as the Philippines, India, Indonesia (including Bali), and Thailand. Measles is also common in parts of the Middle East and most of Africa. Large outbreaks have been occurring across Europe and South America in the past few years, and more recently there have been a number of outbreaks in the United States of America, so it is important to be fully protected against measles prior to overseas travel.

Adult travelers and children over 12 months:

Adults and children travelling overseas are recommended to have 2 doses of measles-containing vaccine given at least 4 weeks apart. Vaccines should be given at least two weeks before travel to allow immunity to develop.

Both doses of measles mumps rubella (MMR) vaccine are free for people born during or after 1966 and are more than 12 months of age.

Infant travellers aged <12 months: 

Infants travelling to countries where measles is endemic, or where measles outbreaks are occurring, may receive MMR vaccine from as young as 6 months of age, after an individual risk assessment. 

However, this dose needs to be repeated, meaning that these infants need 2 further doses of measles-containing vaccine. They should receive the next dose of MMR vaccine at 12 months of age or 4 weeks after the 1st dose, whichever is later. They should receive their final dose of measles-containing vaccine as MMRV vaccine at 18 months of age.

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