Measles is a highly infectious disease caused by the virus,
Morbillivirus. It is characterised by a red raised
rash that typically starts on the face and neck, and then spreads
to the rest of the body.
Measles is rare in Australia because of the widespread use of
measles vaccination. However, the infection can still be brought in
to the country by people who have travelled to, or have come from,
countries where measles is still common.
Measles can lead to serious complications such as pneumonia
(infection of the lungs) and less commonly, encephalitis
(inflammation of the brain).
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General vaccination recommendations listed on this site may not
fully reflect the most recent advice in the 10th Edition of the
Australian Immunisation Handbook, which was released in April 2013.
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