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Centre for Health Protection encourages domestic helpers to receive the MMR vaccination

With the nature of domestic work, the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) in Hong Kong has made a call to encourage domestic helpers to receive the MMR vaccination. Measles is prevented with the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination. This vaccination is part of the Childhood Immunisation Programme in Hong Kong. Read more about it on the Centre for Health Protection website: here

The CHP recommends domestic helpers receive MMR vaccination if they are non-immune to measles or unsure of their immunisation. While domestic helpers are encouraged to receive the MMR vaccination before their arrival in HK, it is not a requirement. If a domestic helper has already arrived in Hong Kong, they can also consult a doctor here. 

MMR vaccines for adults are available in private clinics in Hong Kong. Normally, adults are required to have a blood test and a consultation with a doctor before receiving the vaccination. The fee for the MMR vaccination in Hong Kong ranges between HK$300 to HK$1000, excluding a blood test and consultation fee. As costs may be a barrier, many employers help their domestic helper access these vaccinations. 

Always consult your doctor for more information on measles and the MMR vaccination. The Department of Health also has a general hotline to answer general inquiries from the public (2125 1122)

What is the best way for workers to check their protection against measles?

Workers can undergo a blood test to determine his/her antibody.

Can vaccinations be arranged for workers in the Philippines whose visas are currently being processed?

In our experience, it can be arranged as an addition to the required medical exams and tests for workers in the Philippines. There are additional costs involved and may extend the timeline for processing several days. Availability of the vaccine may vary from region to region. Note that the Measles and Rubella (MR) vaccine is more common in the Philippines than the MMR vaccine.

Always consult your doctor for more information on measles and the MMR vaccination. The Department of Health also has a general hotline to answer general inquiries from the public: Tel: 2125 1122.

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Last updated on April 9th, 2019
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