25 September 2023

Assurance on measles vaccine spot on

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The Department of Health has acted to reassure the Australian community that a sufficient supply of measles vaccine is available across the country.

In a statement, the Department said the supplies, under the National Immunisation Program, were secured.

“While one pharmaceutical supplier (GlaxoSmithKline) has advised of a shortage of MMR and MMRV vaccines, the Department has confirmed vaccines remain available through another supplier (Seqirus Australia Pty Ltd),” the statement said.

The Department also confirmed that the National Immunisation Program, which provides free essential vaccines for eligible infants, children, adolescents and adults, was not affected by the limited shortage.

“The Department has worked closely with suppliers to assure this supply,” it said.

“Measles vaccines are also available in the private market although the supply is being carefully managed by Seqirus.”

The Department said immunisation for measles and for many other diseases was the safest and most effective way of protecting against disease.

“Immunisation not only protects individuals and their families, but also supports the whole community by helping to control vaccine-preventable diseases,” it said.

Last month the Department reported that the number of measles cases worldwide had increased substantially in recent years, with a number of countries currently experiencing severe and prolonged measles outbreaks.

“Anyone who is not fully vaccinated against measles is at risk of becoming infected when traveling overseas,” the Department said.

“You may also risk exposing others to this highly infectious, serious illness either while travelling, or when you return to Australia,” it said.

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