Surge' in number of measles cases in Australia for 2014 prompts immunisation warning

Date Published:
15 Jun 2015
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Health experts are warning people to check they have been immunised against measles, after the number of people diagnosed with the disease in Australia hit a 16-year high

Professor Robert Booy, from the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, said many of those cases were from unvaccinated people who travelled overseas and became infected before returning to Australia.

"Unfortunately some people who aren't immunised, who have only had one dose of the vaccine can pick up infection in places like Asia or even United States, bring it back with them, not knowing and then develop symptoms after they arrive back," he said.

Professor Rober Booy  is one of chief investigators of CRE Immunisation