askST: Singaporeans need not worry about measles outbreak here

A child getting a measles vaccine injection in Bangladesh. In Singapore, children must receive two doses of the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine by the time they are 18 months old. This grants them lifelong protection against measles.
A child getting a measles vaccine injection in Bangladesh. In Singapore, children must receive two doses of the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine by the time they are 18 months old. This grants them lifelong protection against measles.PHOTO: REUTERS

Many immune after vaccination or contracting disease naturally

Measles outbreaks in Japan and Taiwan have left many people here concerned about the rapid spread of the disease, but experts say an outbreak is unlikely to occur here because of Singapore's immunisation programme.

The outbreak in Asia has been traced to a 30-year-old male flight attendant with Tigerair Taiwan, who caught the infectious disease in Thailand last month.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 28, 2018, with the headline 'S'poreans need not worry about measles outbreak here'. Print Edition | Subscribe