The outbreak of measles has continued in Brisbane and Queensland, with 41 confirmed cases recorded for the year until mid June. There has also been a new case recently identified at Banyo.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease, causing fevers, runny nose, cough, red and watery eyes initially, followed by a rash that may spread across the whole body. Measles may cause significant complications such as pneumonia, blindness and encephalitis (an infection that causes brain swelling) in some people.
Vaccination is the only way to prevent measles. Anyone who has not had two measles containing vaccine, or anyone who is not sure, is strongly encouraged to get vaccinated.
Anyone born from or after 1966 will receive the vaccine free as supplied by Queensland Health. People born before 1966 are likely to be already immune from previous measles infections in childhood.
If you wish to be vaccinated, or have concerns that you may have contracted measles – please ring the clinic on 07 32675088 to advise us and get further information.
More Queensland Health information on the current measles outbreak is available under this link.