Centre for Health Protection encourages domestic helpers to receive the MMR vaccination
Last update on 29 April 2019:
The Department of Health began providing the measles vaccination at the Hong Kong International Airport in March 2019 to airport staff in light of concerns of measles outbreaks in nearby countries. On April 26th, the Department announced it would be expanding the measles vaccination exercise to Filipino domestic helpers on select dates (below) and limited to a pilot of 200 vaccinations. The Department has been acting with additional measures over the last few weeks with recent outbreaks of measles in nearby countries, including the Philippines.
The measles vaccination exercise is at:
Venue: Southside before the Immigration Hall at Level 3 of Terminal 2 (non-restricted area)
Hours: April 30 and May 2 and 7, 9am to 1pm
A hotline (2125 1122) has been set up for public enquiries and operates during office hours from Mondays to Fridays.
Please read below for more on this topic and where to get the vaccination in Hong Kong and how domestic helpers can get the vaccine during the processing of their visas while they are in the Philippines.
Last update on 15 March 2019:
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 29th, 2019