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Can measles be prevented?

Page last updated 23 March 2020

Measles is a vaccine-preventable disease. In Australia, immunisation against measles is provided as part of the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

  • Children at 12 months - the first dose of measles vaccine is given in combination with mumps and rubella (as MMR vaccine)
  • Children at 18 months - the second dose of measles vaccine is given in combination with mumps, rubella and varicella (chickenpox)

If you were born during or after 1966 and do not have evidence of having received 2 doses of a measles-containing vaccine, you may no longer have immunity against the disease and may need an additional dose. It is also recommended that any young adolescent or adult who does not have evidence of receiving two doses of a measles-containing vaccines or other evidence of immunity should talk to their doctor about vaccination for measles.

For further information regarding vaccination against measles, speak with your healthcare professional.

Sources & Citations

10. National Immunisation Program Schedule, Australian Government, Department of Health. Available at (accessed 12 March 2020).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0133(2)a - Date of preparation March 2020