Travellers are strongly recommended to have received 2 doses of measles-containing vaccine. Measles importation after international travel is the most significant source of measles cases in Australia.10-13

People travelling overseas are recommended to have either:

  • documented evidence of 2 doses of measles-containing vaccine given at least 4 weeks apart and with both doses given at ≥ 12 months of age, or 
  • serological evidence of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella 

See Serological testing for immunity to measles.

Travellers aged <12 months 

Infants travelling to countries where measles is endemic, or where measles outbreaks are occurring, may receive MMR vaccine from as young as 6 months of age, after an individual risk assessment. 

However, this dose needs to be repeated, meaning that these infants need 2 further doses of measles-containing vaccine. They should receive the next dose of MMR vaccine at 12 months of age or 4 weeks after the 1st dose, whichever is later. They should receive their final dose of measles-containing vaccine as MMRV vaccine at 18 months of age.

Page history

Last updated: 
12 April 2019
Last reviewed: 
12 April 2019

Definitions

MMR
measles-mumps-rubella
MMRV
measles-mumps-rubella-varicella