measles outbreak in the Philippines has prompted an urgent reminder for people
travelling to the Philippines to check they and their children are fully immunised
for measles before their departure.
Dr Sean Tobin, Medical Epidemiologist in Communicable Diseases at NSW
Health, said measles is
highly contagious among people who are not fully immunised.
spread through coughing and sneezing, and is one of the most contagious
infections known,” Dr Tobin said.
can range from swelling of the brain and pneumonia to ear infections and
weeks there have been 10 cases of measles reported in NSW. Seven were associated
with travel to the Philippines – including 3 young children who were admitted
to hospital. Cases from the Philippines have also been reported in Western
Australia and Queensland.
urges everyone planning on travelling to the Philippines to ensure they are up
to date with their vaccinations before they travel. Anyone born during or after
1966 should have two doses of measles vaccine (at least 4 weeks apart). Even
one dose gives around 90% protection.
should receive measles vaccine at 12 months and a second dose at 18 months. Babies
who are travelling before their vaccines are due can be given the first dose as
early as 9 months of age.
over 18 months who have not had their second dose of measles vaccine can be
returning from the Philippines should be on the look out for symptoms of
measles, which starts with a fever, cough, sore red eyes and a runny nose for
several days before a blotchy rash appears. People who have these symptoms
should see a doctor - but call ahead to protect others in the waiting room. Let
the GP know that they could have been exposed to measles in the Philippines.”
For more information on measles, please go to www.health.nsw.gov.au.