Measles Vaccination at Coolangatta Medical Centre

At Coolangatta Medical Centre in Gold Coast, we work with you to ensure we address all your health needs and concerns such as vaccines for measles prevention so you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy. From health checks to vaccinations and chronic disease management, we are committed to providing holistic healthcare for patients from all backgrounds, at any stage in their lives.

Read more about measles, its symptoms, and how measles vaccination can benefit everyone to stay protected from this contagious disease.

What is Measles?

Measles, also known as rubeola, is a highly contagious airborne disease caused by a virus. It can easily spread through nasal and throat secretions or droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These virus-infected droplets can spread in the air as well as on non sanitised surfaces and can remain active for up to 2 hours.1  

Being exposed to measles can potentially put you or others at risk of severe disease complications and even death, which is more common among children.

Measles symptoms usually begin 10–14 days after exposure to the virus. Early symptoms usually last 4–7 days. They include:

  • running nose
  • cough
  • red and watery eyes
  • small white spots inside the cheeks

A prominent rash is the most visible symptom. The rash usually begins about 7–18 days after exposure, which commonly appears on the face and upper neck. It spreads over about 3 days and eventually to the hands and feet. This lasts between 5–6 days before fading.

Most deaths from measles are from complications related to the disease. These complications include:

  • blindness
  • encephalitis (brain swelling and potentially brain damage)
  • severe diarrhoea
  • ear infections
  • severe breathing problems

Pregnant women who catch measles during pregnancy are at high-risk of delivering prematurely, resulting in the baby being born with a low birth weight.

Complications are more common in children under 5 years and adults over age 30. They are more likely in children who are malnourished, vitamin A deficient, or with a weak immune system due to predisposed genetics or other diseases.2

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Why is Measles Vaccination Important?

Prior to the pandemic, Australia had 284 registered measles cases.3 In 2023, state and territory health authorities reported over 26 cases followed by 1 case in Brisbane in March of 2024. Several venues were listed with specific time periods in order to inform people to practise caution and isolate in case of possible exposure especially if they are unvaccinated.

While most people can recover from measles, the problem is that it is still highly contagious and can still cause people, especially those who are immunocompromised, to fall seriously ill. 

According to the World Health Organization, 3 in 1,000 children who contract measles will die.4 The virus infects the respiratory tract and then spreads throughout the body. Contracting the disease can also further weaken the immune system, making the body more susceptible to infections, leaving children, especially infants extremely vulnerable.

When everyone is vaccinated, it can prevent a measles outbreak as well as dramatically decrease the likelihood of any child or adult to potentially die from this contagious disease. The vaccine helps your body fight off the virus.

The benefits of measles vaccination can also lead to ‘herd immunity’, also known as ‘population immunity’. It is the indirect protection from an infectious disease that happens when a community is immunised either through vaccination or from a previous infection. This helps protect individuals who are unable to receive the measles vaccination such as infants or those with allergies or medical issues.

Those who have not been exposed to measles and those who are unvaccinated should get measles vaccination, most especially children. The measles vaccine (MMR vaccine) for adults and for children are safe, effective and inexpensive. 

Our Travel Doctors

Our team of Travel Doctors in Gold Coast share their expertise in vaccinations required by law for entry to a country as well as the specific precautions needed and the vaccinations recommended for general protection against diseases. Always seek medical advice from travel doctors at least a month before your trip to learn more about the necessary vaccinations required before visiting your destination.

Get Vaccinated at Coolangatta Medical Centre:

Protect yourself from measles. At Coolangatta Medical Centre, we offer measles vaccination at your convenience in Coolangatta, QLD.  The benefit of the measles or MMR vaccination is that it also covers several other diseases such as mumps and rubella

Those who have not been exposed to measles, unvaccinated, or unsure of their vaccination status can benefit from receiving the measles vaccination unless they are pregnant, underaged, or have allergies particularly in gelatin and the antibiotic neomycin. 

Other than this, it is important to consider the measles vaccine as part of your list of travel vaccinations if you and your loved ones are visiting other countries with measles cases. This will also help you stay safe from any serious health complications in the event of exposure.

Two doses of the vaccine help ensure immunity. The first dose is usually given at 9 months of age in countries where measles is common and 12–15 months in other countries.

Discuss with your doctor about measles vaccination and book your appointment at Coolangatta Medical Centre.

Payment Methods:

Full fee upfront is payable on the day of your appointment and will be processed with a credit/debit card token provided at the time of booking.

Medicare rebate is processed for you on your behalf by the administration team and will go back into the account that you have nominated with Medicare within 24 to 48 hours. For more information about Medicare rebates, see our FAQs page.

Out of pocket fee is the amount of money that you will be out of pocket after Medicare has processed your rebate.

Areas We Serve

Coolangatta Medical Centre services many local communities on the Gold Coast as well as Northern NSW. If you live in or nearby the following suburbs, Coolangatta Medical Centre is easily visited from the location:

  • Tweed Heads
  • Tweed Heads South
  • Tweed Heads West
  • Bilinga
  • Cobaki Lakes
  • Tugun

Frequently Asked Questions
(Common Questions about Measles Vaccines)

Measles is spread by contact with infected nasal or throat secretions through coughing or sneezing or even breathing the air that was breathed by someone with measles. The virus can also remain active in the air and on infected surfaces for up to two hours.

The measles or (MMR) vaccine for both children and adults are safe, effective and inexpensive. Children should receive two doses of the vaccine to ensure immunity. The first dose is given between 9-15 months of age. Talking to your doctor about measles vaccination can also help you learn more about its benefits, doses, as well as if you are a candidate for receiving the vaccine.

The MMR vaccine stimulates your body’s immune system in order for you to fight off the virus. In doing so, your body will experience common symptoms which are a normal part of immune responses:

  • Fever that can last up to 2 days
  • Faint red rash (non infectious)
  • Head cold, runny nose, cough or puffy eyes
  • Drowsiness or tiredness
  • Swelling of salivary glands
  • Discomfort,  redness or swelling at the injection site

Many people who receive vaccines only experience discomfort at the injection site or even no side effects at all. And for those who do, the side effects are usually minor and only last a day or two.

The MMR vaccine is very safe and effective. Individuals who receive two doses of MMR vaccine are about 97% effective at preventing measles. Receiving a single dose is about 93% effective. Receiving the MMRV vaccine can also protect you from other diseases besides measles such as mumps, rubella, and chickenpox.5

If you have already had measles as a child, it is encouraged to consult with your GP about measles vaccination. The MMR vaccine is safe, and while there is no harm in getting another dose, a healthcare professional can give you advice on what is best for you and your protection from measles and other related diseases.

Live virus vaccines, such as the MMR and chickenpox, should be given before or after pregnancy. If you are currently expecting but have not been exposed to measles or been vaccinated, talk to your doctor about the MMR, Tdap, and flu vaccines before setting your measles vaccination appointment.

If your child has experienced any serious allergic reaction to an earlier dose of MMR vaccine, or components of the vaccine, a measles vaccination is highly discouraged. This is because the vaccine may include gelatin and the antibiotic neomycin, which can cause severe allergic reactions for some children. Consult with your paediatrician before scheduling your child’s measles vaccination.

You may visit the nearest healthcare provider to learn more about measles immunisation. At Coolangatta Medical Centre, our team of doctors and healthcare professionals are here to provide you with the information you need about the MMR vaccine, its benefits, and if you or a loved one are candidates for a measles shot.

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Sunday 9am – 12pm

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91 Griffith Street, Coolangatta, QLD