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On 9 July 1998 the National Health and Medical Research Council endorsed a change in the timing of the second dose of measles-mumps-rubella vaccination. This was previously recommended to be given between ages 10-16 years. It is now recommended to be given prior to school entry at age 4-5 years. The first dose should continue to be given at age 12 months.
Change to NHMRC Australian Standard Vaccination Schedule
|First MMR dose||Second MMR dose|
|Old schedule||12 months||10 - 16 years|
|New schedule||12 months||Prior to school entry at 4 - 5 years|
This notice was published in Communicable Diseases Intelligence Vol 22 No 8, 6 August 1998.