Healthy living

Immunisation before travel

See your doctor before travelling to ensure that you and your children are up-to-date with the recommended vaccination schedule.

If you were born after 1965, before travelling overseas, get your free measles vaccination. (Consultation fees may apply.)

Travellers are reminded measles is common in many countries outside Australia. It is a highly contagious and potentially fatal illness in many holiday destinations where there are currently a number of measles outbreaks.

Measles is a vaccine-preventable disease and you need to have had two doses of the measles-containing vaccine to be protected.

Recent measles cases in WA were also traced back to people who travelled overseas and had only received one dose of the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine.

If you're not vaccinated, you are at risk of getting measles. Don't leave without your measles shot.

Check your measles immunisations are up-to-date before you travel.

Find out where you can get immunised and book an appointment today.

Before travelling, check that you are immune to, or have been vaccinated against:

Vaccination for the following diseases may also be recommended if you are travelling to countries where these diseases are more common:

Find out more about travel vaccines contact your immunisation provider.

Where to get help

  • See your doctor, Aboriginal Health Clinic, travel health clinic or community immunisation clinic
  • Visit a GP after hours
  • Visit healthdirect (external site) or call 1800 022 222
  • Phone the Immunise Australia Hotline on 1800 671 811

Last reviewed: 10-12-2019
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