Measles is a serious disease that is easily spread through the air. Immunisation is effective in preventing the disease. All children and adults born during or after 1966 should be vaccinated with two doses of MMR vaccine (which protects against Measles, Mumps and Rubella) if not already immune.
NSW Health advises people to be alert for signs and symptoms of measles infection after a fifth person was diagnosed with measles since the beginning of March.
Cases include an adult and three infants who acquired their infections whilest travelling in Asia.
Parents of children under the age of 12 months, planning travel to Asia, are encouraged to discuss travel plans with their GP, as the first dose of measles vaccine can be given earlier than the first birthday under certain circumstances.
Adults born during or after 1966 should ensure they have received two doses of measles containing vaccine prior to travel. Measles mumps rubella (MMR) vaccine is provided for free at GP surgeries in NSW. People who are unsure if they have received two doses of a measles vaccine in the past can safely be given another measles vaccine.
For further details on risk exposure areas for these cases see measles alert - March 2018.
For further information please see the fact sheet or contact your local public health unit on 1300 066 055.
Also see the Measles Information site for further measles information and campaign posters.