Most measles outbreaks in Australia now result from an infection imported by inadequately vaccinated young travellers. Incidences of measles and mumps are higher in some overseas countries, regions or communities, including developed countries, than in Australia. For Australians, Bali is a particularly endemic travel destination.
Recent outbreaks in Sydney and Melbourne have highlighted the need to ensure immunity is up to date.
For those who have not completed a full course of the MMR vaccine, were born after 1966 or have negative serology can receive a free vaccine as per NSW Health.
Australians born during or since 1966 who have not received 2 doses of measles-, mumps- and rubella-containing vaccines should be vaccinated with the MMR vaccine before travelling (noting pregnancy precautions).
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