Are you immune to the Measles, Mumps, Rubella Viruses? Infection with the highly contagious measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) viruses has potentially serious side effects, for both children and adults. Vaccination provides direct protection against these viruses’ thus MMR are considered vaccine-preventable diseases (VPD). The Australian population typically receive two doses of the MMR vaccine during childhood. However, immune coverage is known to decline over time, leaving some individuals with insufficient immunity and at risk for both contracting and transmitting the disease. The objectives of this work-based project are to investigate the immune status of first year health science students to determine prevalence of waning immunity into adulthood, to explore the role and feasibility of post vaccination serology testing, and to identify student knowledge, behaviours, and beliefs pertinent to vaccination and ongoing serology surveillance.
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