Selvey, NSW Health Acting Director of Communicable Diseases, said “it is
important for anyone born after 1965 to make sure they have received two doses
of measles vaccine, as two doses provides the best protection against measles.
People who are unsure of their vaccination history can safely receive another
catch measles during overseas travel, however the number of recent cases with
exposures in and around Sydney means many people may have been exposed locally
and could be developing symptoms now or over the coming days and weeks”.
“Symptoms of measles
include fever, cough, runny nose and sore red eyes, followed 3 to 4 days later
by a red spotty rash which starts on the head and spreads to the rest of the
body. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention, but
call ahead to your doctor or emergency department so that your exposure to
others can be limited on arrival.”
People in the
following locations at the following times may have been exposed to this most
recent case and should be particularly alert for signs and symptoms of measles
until 27 January, as it can take up to 18 days for symptoms to develop.
Sunday 5 January:
January to Thursday 9 January:
pose no ongoing threat to the public.
may help prevent measles in unvaccinated people if given within 72 hours of an
exposure to a measles case, and another treatment (immunoglobulin) can be given
for unvaccinated people at higher risk of measles complications up to 6 days
People at high
risk of measles complications include:
people who attended the same locations on the same day and at the same time as
this case should contact their local public health unit on 1300 066 055 for
Measles is a highly
infectious, vaccine preventable disease that is spread through the air when
someone who is infectious with the disease coughs or sneezes.
during or after 1966 needs to ensure that they have received two measles shots.
“Measles is one
of the most contagious diseases for humans but two doses of
measles-mumps-rubella vaccine provide lifelong protection against measles in 99
out of 100 vaccinated people,” Dr Selvey said.
makes the measles vaccine available free anyone born during or after 1966 who
doesn’t have two documented doses of measles vaccine.
unsure whether you’ve been vaccinated against measles in the past, it’s safe to
have another dose.”
Government is investing $130 million in the 2019-20 Immunisation Program
budget, including Commonwealth and state vaccines.
information visit health.nsw.gov.au/measles