The Centre for Health Protection announced that the Free Measles Vaccination Mop-up Programme which concluded today has administered more than 167,000 doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines as of September 11.
In view of the measles outbreak last year, the centre launched the one-off mop-up programme to provide free MMR vaccinations to the target groups of healthcare workers, airport staff and foreign domestic helpers working in Hong Kong.
The programme was extended in February this year to cover non-immune adult Hong Kong residents as a public health strategy to prevent and control the disease.
The centre said all people, except for pregnant women and those who are known to be unfit for vaccinations, should consider receiving the vaccination.
Non-immune adults who have no history of receiving any measles-containing vaccine or with an unknown vaccination history are advised to receive two doses at least four weeks apart. Only one dose is required for those who had previously received one dose of measles vaccination.
Members of the public should consult doctors if they need to receive a measles vaccination or have doubt about their immunity against the disease.
Those who have received two doses of measles vaccines at or after one year old, or have had a laboratory confirmed measles infection, are considered to be immune and do not require the MMR vaccination.
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