Call for measles vaccinations

QUEENSLAND Health is warning South-East Queensland residents to ensure they have been immunised against measles, after the highly infectious disease was detected in a Gympie tourist.

Central Regional Services public health medical officer Dr Margaret Young said the man was infectious while travelling between the Gold Coast and the Gympie area from August 12-19.

“Although the patient didn’t acquire measles in Australia, he was highly infectious on his travels,” she said.

“The tourists visited shops, restaurants, caravan parks, a backpackers’ hostel and a GP clinic during his holiday. Measles is easily spread to people who are not protected by immunisation.

“Public health officers have contacted and provided advice to some people who might have been exposed. However, many people will not be aware they have been near a person with measles.”

Dr Young said Queensland Health recommends anyone born after 1996 who does not have two documented vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella vaccine, or who could not prove they have had measles, should visit their local GP for a free vaccination dose.

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