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Free Measles Vaccination Mop-up Programme - Non-immune Adults

Free Measles Vaccination Mop-up Programme - Non-immune Adults

2020-02-17

Are you immune to measles?


Free Measles Vaccination Mop-up Programme

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Background

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) extends the Free Measles Vaccination Mop-up Programme to cover adult Hong Kong residents, with the aim of boosting the community's herd immunity against measles. Adult Hong Kong residents who are non-immune to measles, may receive free measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines at designated clinics starting from February 3 (Monday). The service period will last for around six months. 

For details, please refer to the press release issued by the DH on 12 July 2019 and 29 Jan 2020.

Am I immune to Measles?

In general, persons who have received 2 doses of measles vaccines at or after 1 year old, or who have had laboratory confirmed measles infection, are considered to be immune to Measles. Persons who are already immune to measles do NOT require MMR vaccination.

Please click the buttons below to check more information about the immunity status.


For local born adults who are not certain about your past measles vaccination history and do not have laboratory confirmed measles infection, please check the table below to see if you may need mop-up MMR vaccination.

Year of birth History of vaccination and past measles infection (local born adults) Immunity to measles? May need mop-up vaccination?*
Before 1967 Most likely had been infected with measles Likely immune (except persons with laboratory evidence of tested negative/indeterminate for measles (IgG)) No (except persons with laboratory evidence of tested negative/indeterminate for measles (IgG))
1967-1977 Likely received one dose of measles vaccine from the Government, or Unknown vaccination history Likely non-immune Yes
1978-1984 Likely received one dose of measles vaccine from the Government. After that, did you join the “Special Measles Vaccination Campaign of the Government” in 1997? If yes, likely immune No
If no or unknown, likely non-immune Yes
1985-2002 The government provided a total of two doses of measles vaccine. Have you completed these two doses? If yes, likely immune No
If no or unknown, likely non-immune Yes

*Before vaccination, health care workers would perform health assessment to assess whether mop-up measles vaccination is recommended.

For non-local born adults, please check the table below to see if you may need mop-up MMR vaccination.

Year of birth History of vaccination and past measles infection (non-local born adults) May need mop-up vaccination?*
Before 1967 Most likely had been infected with measles (except persons with laboratory evidence of tested negative/indeterminate for measles (IgG)) No (except persons with laboratory evidence of tested negative/indeterminate for measles (IgG))
1967-2002 Has not received two doses of measles vaccination at or after 1 year old; and did not have laboratory confirmed measles infection Yes
Has laboratory evidence of tested negative/ indeterminate for measles(IgG) Yes
Unknown history Yes

*Before vaccination, health care workers would perform health assessment to assess whether mop-up measles vaccination is recommended.


Am I eligible to receive free MMR vaccination under this programme?

Persons with laboratory evidence of immunity (i.e. tested positive for measles immunoglobulin G) do NOT require MMR vaccination.

Hong Kong residents who fulfill the following criteria are eligible for free MMR vaccination:

  1. Born between 1967 and 2002, and has not received 2 doses of measles vaccines at or after 1 year old, and does not have laboratory confirmed measles infection; or
  2. Born before 1967, and has laboratory evidence of tested non-immune to measles (i.e. tested negative/indeterminate for measles immunoglobulin G (IgG).

Where can I get the MMR vaccination?

Prior booking for vaccination is necessary. Eligible Hong Kong residents can make appointments for the first and/ or second dose of MMR vaccination from now on. Please refer to information below about clinics and group/ outreach vaccination venues.


Clinics providing MMR vaccination service (will be updated regularly)



Group/ outreach venues providing MMR vaccination service (will be updated regularly)


What documents do I need to bring along for vaccination?

  1. Hong Kong Identity Card or Certificate of Exemption (Original and one copy)^; and
  2. For persons born before 1967, please bring the laboratory test result report confirming non-immune to measles (Original and one copy) ^

^ The outsourced private medical organisation will transfer a copy of the above-mentioned documents to the Department of Health for identity verification and record purposes

Steps of receiving MMR vaccination

  1. Select a designated clinic or group/ outreach vaccination venue in any region
  2. Call the designated phone number for enquiry and book an appointment
  3. Bring the valid identity document when going to receive vaccinations. For persons born before 1967, please also bring the laboratory test result report confirming non-immune to measles
  4. Read the information about measles vaccination provided by the service provider
  5. Complete the screening questionnaire provided by the service provider, for healthcare workers to assess the suitability for vaccination
  6. Sign the Consent Form at the vaccination venue
  7. Receive MMR vaccination
  8. Receive a vaccination card with details recorded: name of recipient, type of vaccine, date of vaccination and name of service provider

The following individuals should NOT receive MMR vaccine*

  1. Pregnancy: Women should avoid pregnancy for three months after vaccination and take appropriate contraceptive measure
  2. Serious allergic reaction to a previous dose of MMR vaccine
  3. Known history of severe allergy to any vaccine component (e.g. gelatin or neomycin)
  4. Individuals with severe immunosuppression from diseases or treatment (e.g. on current cancer treatment such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, taking immunosuppressive medicines such as high dose corticosteroid, etc.)
  5. Has received immunoglobulin or other blood products (e.g. blood transfusion) within the past 11 months
  6. Has received other live-attenuated vaccines in the past four weeks
  7. Fever or any illnesses on the day of vaccination
  8. Person with severe allergic reaction (e.g. anaphylaxis) to eggs should consult a healthcare professional for vaccination in an appropriate setting

*The “Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccines” (MMR vaccine) used in the Mop-up Programme were procured by the Government of the HKSAR from one of the suppliers of registered MMR vaccines in Hong Kong, Merck Sharp & Dohme (Asia) Ltd (MSD). As this batch of vaccines was originally not intended for supply to Hong Kong, the packing is only labelled in Spanish. Nonetheless, they were manufactured by the same manufacturer with the same master formula (including gelatin originated from porcine skin collagen as one of the inactive ingredients) and finished product specifications as the MMR vaccine registered in Hong Kong by MSD

     

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