NSW Health advises people to be alert for signs and symptoms of the measles infection as the numbers of measles cases continue to increase in NSW.
What are the symptoms?
Measles is a highly infectious viral illness which begins with a cough, fever, sore red eyes and runny nose. After three to four days a non-itchy red spotty rash will occur on your face and neck before spreading to the rest of the body.
People who are experiencing signs and symptoms of measles should seek medical attention.
What should I do if I think I have measles?
Call ahead to the practice and ask to speak to the nurse. She will triage your symptoms and give you further instructions to limit exposure if you need to come to the doctor. You should not sit in the waiting room without letting anyone know.
How is it spread?
Measles is highly contagious and is spread in the air through coughing or sneezing by someone who is unwell with the disease.
People are at risk of measles if they are exposed to an infectious case and have never had measles or have not received two doses of measles containing vaccine. Two doses of measles containing vaccine provide lifelong protection against infection in 99% of people. Most people born before 1966 are assumed to be immune to measles.
Can I get measles vaccination?
• If you are between 25 and 53 years of age, you may be eligible for a vaccine booster.
• Children in Australia are vaccinated at 12 and 18 months years of age.
• If you have upcoming overseas travel plans, you should talk to your doctor.
For more information, please make an appointment with your GP by calling the clinic on 02 8320 8888.