As you are most likely aware there has been an outbreak of measles in Melbourne with another four cases confirmed during the past week. Measles is a highly contagious viral illness that causes a skin rash and fever and can lead to more serious, sometimes fatal complications.
Measles is rare due to the widespread use of the measles vaccine but there is a risk of the virus being brought in to our society by people arriving from or returning from overseas.
Even fit and active patients of The Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre need to know their measles status.
Immunisation is the best protection again measles. If you have received the two recommended doses of measles vaccine you will have 99 percent immunity against the measles infection. If you have previously been infected with measles you will usually have lifelong immunity.
If you are unsure of your measles status, you can either have a measles vaccine or a blood test to determine your immunity but it is important that you discuss this with your doctor.
We are also here to answer any of your queries.
The My Health Record is the best way of ensuring you have access to your own health information. Details such as vaccination history can be uploaded so you can at any time check your immunisation status.
When you are next seeing your Doctor, you can register for a My Health Record and information can be uploaded so you have this vital information at your finger tips.
You can also register for a My Health Record here.
See below for additional information regarding measles:
You can also call us on 9650 9372 if any queries at all.