Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
Posted on 22nd April, 2021
Australia has been declared free of endemic measles and rubella. Mumps infections remain uncommon. It is essential that vaccination coverage is maintained for Australia to continue to remain free of these potentially serious illnesses.
In Australia, vaccination of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) is via a combination vaccine including live attenuated viruses. Two doses of the MMR vaccine is expected to give life-long immunity in most cases.
In WA, Pharmacists can administer the MMR vaccine to adults and children over the age of 16 years old, with no prescription necessary. Infants receive MMR as part of the National Immunisation Program, where doses are given at 12 and 18 months of age. If adults have not received two doses previously, they may require catch up dosing.
These may include:
- Those born during or since 1966
- Travellers to endemic areas / counties
- Healthcare workers
Rubella (aka German Measles) infection during pregnancy can cause serious health problems for your baby. If you are not already vaccinated against rubella, you should be vaccinated before you get pregnant. The MMR vaccine cannot be safely administered to pregnant women, and a booster dose should be given after delivery if antenatal antibody levels of rubella are shown to be low during pregnancy.
Speak to one of our Pharmacists today, or check with your GP, about whether a catch-up vaccination may be required.