The best defence against measles is the measles vaccine, which is achieved with two doses of the vaccine and provides 99 per cent immunity. It is important to note that if you have had measles you will have lifelong immunity.
There are two types of the vaccine, both of which are combined with the measles, mumps and rubella vaccines (MMR), and one of which also contains the chickenpox vaccine (MMRV). Both are available under the National Immunisation Program, and are free for some groups, including:
- All people under 20 years of age
- Women planning pregnancy or post-natal
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
If you have a weakened immune system, it is not recommended that you receive the measles vaccine. Come in and speak with us if you have any queries.
Side effects of the measles vaccine
Measles vaccines are effective and safe, though all vaccines can have mild side effects. These can include pain at the site of injection, head cold, drowsiness or mild fever. Symptoms are usually mild and do not require any specific treatment.
Pregnancy and the measles vaccine
It is not recommended that pregnant women receive the measles vaccination. Speak with us further if you have any queries.
What is measles?
Measles is a viral disease which is highly contagious and sometimes leads to dangerous complications such as pneumonia. 1 in 1,000 who contract measles will develop inflammation of the brain, and 10 per cent of children thus afflicted will die, while many will be left with brain damage.
It can be spread by coughing and sneezing.
Measles can cause coughing and sore eyes, fever, runny nose, and rashes.
For more information please view the Better Health website.
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