Tongatapu’s active measles transmission

Four more measles were reported between Jan 31 and Feb 5 taking the total of confirmed and suspected cases to 656. Ongoing transmission is occurring on the main island of Tongatapu with the last onset of illness occurring there on Feb 1. Read more. Also in the region, American Samoa’s 16th measles case was reported this week and was said to be local transmission. The last three cases were confirmed in late January.

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.