Local, regional measles updates

In the NE state of Adamawa, measles has claimed the lives of seven children in Fufore district, adjacent to the state capital Yola. Outbreaks have been scattered across five local districts for the past two months. Also within the African region, the measles epidemic in the Central African Republic is finally showing some signs of improvement, while in Cameroon up to 15 districts continue to report cases, Chad reports epidemic phases in 14 districts and infections are spreading in the district of Citiboke in Burundi. According to the WHO, measles vaccination campaigns planned for 24 countries have been delayed or postponed, putting more than 117 million children at risk of infection. Read more

Advice for travellers

Measles occurs in developing and developed countries and unvaccinated travellers are at particular risk, both in transit and during their stay. In general the infection is relatively benign, but complications can result in severe illness or death. Travelvax Australia recommends travellers check their immunisation status for measles and other childhood diseases such as diphtheria, whooping cough (pertussis) and mumps at least 6 weeks before departure. Read more about measles.

Before you travel, call Travelvax Australia’s telephone advisory service on 1300 360 164 (toll-free from landlines) for country-specific advice and information. You can also make an appointment at your nearest Travelvax clinic to obtain vaccinations, medication to prevent or treat illness, and accessories for your journey.