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Measles

Measles is a highly contagious disease that can be life threatening. Find out what the symptoms are and how immunisation can protect you and your family.

  • Measles is highly contagious- and easily preventable.
  • It affects both children and adults.
  • 2 doses of the measles vaccine provides the most effective protection for yourself, your family and the wider community. After 2 doses of the MMR vaccine, more than 95% of people are protected from measles.
  • If you were born in 1969 or later, you can get the measles vaccine for free.
  • Vaccination is particularly important if you are planning to travel anywhere overseas.

How measles spreads?

Measles is a highly infectious virus that spreads easily from person to person through the air, via breathing, coughing and sneezing. It affects both children and adults.If you catch measles you are infectious 5 days before and until 5 days after the rash appears.

Anyone with measles needs to be isolated from the time they become ill until 5 days after the rash has appeared. Isolation means staying at home and missing out on things like school, work, sporting competitions and social events.

It is extremely important to stay in isolation if you're asked to do so, to protect vulnerable people including babies, pregnant women, cancer patients and others who are unable to be immunised.If you are exposed to measles and can't prove that you're immune (for example, by showing your immunisation record), you'll need to be isolated for at least 14 days.

Schools and child care centres have the legal power to exclude unvaccinated children when there is a risk of measles being spread.

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