Measles is a highly contagious viral illness that causes a skin rash and fever. It is estimated that a person with measles will infect about 9 in every 10 people they have contact with who do not already have immunity. Measles is most commonly spread when someone swallows or inhales the cough or sneeze droplets from an infected person, but can also occur by coming into contact with contaminated surfaces.

Serious and sometimes fatal complications including pneumonia and encephalitis (brain inflammation). Worldwide, measles is the fifth highest cause of illness and death in children.

Immunisation is the best protection against measles. A person who receives the recommended two doses of a measles vaccine has 99 per cent immunity against infection.

Requirements for students

Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences students undertaking placement are required to have immunity to measles. Australian serology indicating immunity to measles must be submitted via Sonia.

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