Adults Vaccinations

Vaccinations don't stop at childhood. Ask your general practitioner or vaccination provider about other vaccines you may be eligible for.

Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)

Measles outbreaks occur in some communities mainly as a result of unvaccinated travellers and visitors importing the disease from overseas. It is therefore important to ensure that you are adequately protected. Most people born before 1966 will have been exposed to wild measles virus and therefore do not require vaccination, while people born after 1966 require two doses of MMR vaccine (at least one month apart)

Whooping cough vaccination during pregnancy

Free whooping cough vaccine is available for pregnant women in their third trimester (preferably at 28 weeks) through antenatal clinics, general practitioners (GPs) and Aboriginal Medical Services (AMSs).

Carers and family members who will have close contact with babies in their first weeks of life should receive a whooping cough vaccine at least two weeks before having contact with the baby unless they have received a dose in the previous 10 years and all children should be up to date with their vaccinations.

It is important for adults to be protected against the following diseases:

Yellow Fever

What is Yellow fever

Yellow fever is a serious, potentially deadly flu-like disease spread by mosquitoes. It’s characterised by a high fever and jaundice. Jaundice is yellowing of the skin and eyes, which is why this disease is called yellow fever. This disease is most prevalent in certain parts of Africa and South America.

Can Yellow Fever be treated?  

Yellow fever isn’t curable, but you can prevent it with the yellow fever vaccine.

People who are one year of age or older must hold an international vaccination certificate if, within six days before arriving in (or returning to) Australia, they have stayed overnight or longer in a declared yellow fever infected country. 

How can I protect myself?

Travelers should seek advice from their GP or medical practitioner on vaccination for their individual medical circumstances.

Further information on yellow fever for travellers can be found in the Australian Government's Yellow Fever fact sheet

Q fever

What is Q fever

Q Fever is caused by a bacterium, Coxiella burnetii, that can be spread to humans from cattle, sheep and goats.

Who is at risk?

Workers in the meat and livestock industries are most at risk of Q Fever. 

How can I protect myself?

Preventative measures for Q fever include reducing the spread of the bacteria through hygienic methods.

Vaccination can also help prevent Q fever infection, and may be recommended for those at risk, who are eligible for vaccination.

More information is available here Q Fever Facts