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The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) launched a one-off mop-up programme to provide free measles vaccination to specific target groups with the aim of boosting the community's herd immunity against measles, as a public health strategy to prevent and control measles.
The mop-up programme has made reference to the Guiding Principles for Measles Vaccination of Non-immune Adults in Hong Kong formulated by the Scientific Committee on Vaccine Preventable Diseases under the CHP. Under the programme, measles vaccination will be provided free of charge to three target groups, namely healthcare workers, airport staff and foreign domestic helpers working in Hong Kong.
For details, please refer to the press release issued by the DH on 12 July 2019.
Who should get vaccinated?
Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine is the main measles-containing vaccine provided in Hong Kong, and it can effectively prevent three infectious diseases, namely measles, mumps and rubella. All people who are non-immune to measles should receive two doses of MMR vaccine, separated by an interval of at least four weeks.
The following individuals should NOT receive MMR vaccine or should wait