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Adults unsure of their vaccination status should see a GP

Friday 8 July 2016

With the recent outbreak of measles in Victoria, the AMA encourages people who have not been vaccinated, or do not know if they’ve been vaccinated, to see their GP. Booster and catch-up vaccines are available for those at risk.

“Measles is a highly infectious viral illness. In some cases, it can cause serious illness which can be fatal. Vaccination is the single most effective way to protect yourself against measles,” Dr Lorraine Baker, President of AMA Victoria, said this morning.

“Parents should ensure that their children are fully vaccinated. If in doubt, your GP can check the immunisation register, and catch-up vaccines are available if any were missed.

“Adults who do not know if they were vaccinated against measles as a child can see their GP to discuss whether they should have a blood test to check immunity or receive a booster vaccination. 

“Since measles is currently active in our community it is not worth the risk. See your GP and make sure you are protected,” Dr Baker said.

Please see these links for information on catch-up immunisation programs and measles.

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