5 October 2017 - Department of Health media release
Queensland Health has issued a measles alert after a person travelled from Victoria to Brisbane and then to the Gold Coast while infectious. Read the full alert on the Department of Health website.
The measles virus is very contagious and can cause serious complications, such as pneumonia and encephalitis. If you were born after 1966 and you or your child have not been immunised with two documented doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine, you are eligible to receive a free dose.
Parents and family members should keep their whooping cough vaccinations up-to-date, to avoid placing newborn babies at risk of serious infection. Whooping cough can affect people of any age, however, it can be life-threating for babies and young children. Complications for babies include pneumonia, fits and brain damage from lack of oxygen, while adults may experience a persistent cough. The most effective way to stop whooping cough is to vaccinate your child from birth and having an adult booster. An adult booster is recommended at least every ten years. To find out when you should vaccinate yourself or your child, see the National Immunisation Program Schedule.
For more information visit Immunise Australia Program.
Council provides free immunisation clinics for eligible residents.