Mumps outbreak widens

After an upward trend in mumps cases last year, the country’s health agency has announced that infections are now widespread. 2019 finished with more than 2,700 cases recorded and a further 253 have already been registered this year – more than half of those in the 15 to 24 years age group. The MMR vaccine is being offered free of charge for those aged 11-30 years. Read more

Advice for travellers

These outbreaks of mumps highlight the importance of current immunisation against contagious childhood diseases, such as whooping cough (pertussis), diphtheria, rubella and measles for travel to all destinations. Read more about mumps.

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.