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Measles in our community

Measles spreads very easily, can be very dangerous, and can lead to pneumonia, brain inflammation and other serious illness.

Please phone your doctor as soon as possible if you think you have measles. Read more about measles.

Protect your family with vaccinations

To be fully protected you should have two recorded doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Discuss having a measles vaccine with your doctor

  • If you are born after 1965 and you don't have TWO documented doses of a measles containing vaccine OR
  • If your blood tests show you are NOT immune to measles.

If you have no proof that you are already immune or documents showing you’ve already had the vaccine twice, please get the vaccine again as soon as possible - it is safest to do so.

If you are about to travel overseas, please get your measles vaccine as a matter of urgency. Babies travelling to measles-affected countries (e.g. New Zealand and the Pacific islands) should have an earlier-than-usual MMR vaccine well before departure (it can be given from 6 months of age; an additional dose will be required later, and your doctor will advise about this). 

Where to find immunisation records

  • Child personal health record or individual immunisation record
  • Parents and individuals can obtain immunisation history statements through myGov
  • Contact your Doctor or Immunisation service provider, who can obtain immunisation history statements from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

To get your free measles vaccine

See your doctor (no prescription is required) or visit an Immunisation service provider e.g. South East Queensland (SEQ) - Local Government Community immunisation clinics at:

If you have any measles queries, please contact Metro South Public Health Unit on (07) 3156 4000 or if you are in another public health unit area, refer to Public health units.

Measles resources for the community

Information for the community.

Measles resources for health professionals

Information for health professionals.

Measles FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions.

Last updated 9 June 2021
Last reviewed 9 June 2021