Thousands of adults will be offered a free measles vaccine after a dangerous surge in measles over the past year.

In a rare step targeting vaccination at adults rather than children, the WA State Government will fund indefinitely an adult measles vaccination program at a cost of almost $100,000 a year.

It will be offered to people aged between 20 and their early 50s — or those born after 1965 — who may have lost their immunity, reports Perth Now.

Older people are usually immune because they had measles as a child, while people aged under 20 already have access to free childhood vaccines.

Sixteen cases of measles have been reported this year, compared with two cases at the same time last year.

Health Minister Roger Cook said the increasing number of measles cases was linked to international travel.

Today’s announcement comes ahead of the Easter break and school holidays when many families plan to travel overseas.

“Prevention of measles is simple, so I urge anyone who is not fully immunised against measles to take advantage of this free vaccination program, especially if you are planning a trip overseas. We want to stamp out measles and prevent future outbreaks in WA.”

Let’s hope other states soon follow their lead.

Find the Latest Confirmed Measle Cases in QLD, NSW and VIC HERE.

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  • Very good idea and appropriate call as we have the capacity to do this.


  • What a great idea. We are so focussed on vaccinating our babies we tend to forget about ourselves. I know there are several vaccines around now that weren’t around when I was a baby. I need to get onto it and find out what I need


  • The news this morning said there are 92 cases Australia wide this year and its only April! I hope other states follow WA soon.


  • I work at the hospital and had a blood test to check what I needed to be immunised against. At this stage I’m covered for everything.


  • Yes, we were immunized as kids, but had all kids deseases and build up immunization naturally. The synthetic immunizations of now a days aren’t as good.


  • How do they test if you are still immune? It used to be a common childhood disease and kids would build up natural immunity,now it is being replaced with a synthetic version which may or may not work. I would rather build up my own immune system that is what it is for to fight bugs, there is no proof that people who are not vaccinated carry the disease either.


  • Why is it only available for people born after 1965? Was there a problem with the vaccination then?
    I would have thought that people born in the 50s and prior would be less likely to have been vaccinated.


  • I’d be keen to find out if I had immunity or not. Would be great to see this available in other states.


  • I am probably safe as I had it as a child and out of all the diseases measles was the “easiest” one to have. Chicken pox and the mumps was awful. Got my kids vaccinated against everything as it’s better than being sick and risking passing it on too little babies.


  • i think this is a good idea – especially because I work with highly vulnerable kids.


  • Excellent. I hope it is a trial in WA and it will take to the other states too!


  • I wish it was everywhere!


  • A good program for the community – well done to the government on this initiative.


  • Born in 1963, so fall outside of this group


  • It will cost them less to immunise people than deal with these outbreaks. They should make all booster shots free for adults.

    • Such a good idea! The community needs to be protected.


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