Free measles catch up vaccinations available

Free measles catch up vaccinations are now available for eligible Tasmanians from GPs, before being rolled out to pharmacies once pharmacists have completed training.

Tasmanians born during or after 1966 who have not received two measles-containing vaccinations, or had the measles infection, are eligible for a free vaccination.

Infants aged six to 12 months travelling overseas to places where measles is circulating are also eligible.

Public Health experts advise people born before 1966 are likely to be immune following childhood infection.

Most people born after 1994 are likely to have received two doses of measles-containing vaccines as a child under the National Immunisation Program.

Many people born between 1966 and 1994 will not have had measles or received two doses of a measles vaccine, which means up to 15 per cent of these Tasmanians may not be immune.

Anyone unsure if they have been vaccinated is encouraged to receive a booster dose of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine.

Measles is a highly infectious disease that remains endemic in some countries, which represents an ongoing risk of imported cases from overseas visitors and Australians returning home.

Having pharmacists administer vaccinations will help to improve access for Tasmanians, particularly in regional areas.

Visit the Public Health Services website for more information on measles.