CDC Travelers' Health Update
Measles is in many countries and outbreaks of measles are occurring
around the world. People traveling internationally should be fully vaccinated
at least two weeks before traveling. Anyone who is not immune to measles
is at risk of getting infected when they travel. More information.
Which travelers are at risk? You are at risk of measles infection if you travel
internationally and you have not been fully vaccinated against measles or have
not had measles in the past. The best protection against measles is vaccination.
with others. Call your doctor and tell them where you traveled.
and outbreaks of disease are occurring around the world, including Europe, the
Middle East, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa. Each year, an estimated 10 million
people get measles, and about 110,000 of them die from the disease or complications.
popular travel destinations like Israel, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Ukraine, England,
Brazil, the Philippines, and more. CDC has issued a Global Travel Notice: Watch
(Level 1) for these outbreaks. Before your next trip, check your destination.
fully vaccinated or that you have other evidence of measles immunity. Evidence of
immunity means that you: (1) were born before 1957 or (2) have a lab test showing
that you have had measles in the past, (3) have a lab test showing you were immunized
against measles, or (4) you have written documentation of receiving measles vaccine.
appointment to get the MMR vaccine. MMR is nearly 100% effective at preventing
measles. If you are unsure if you have had two doses of the vaccine, or do not have
documentation of your prior doses, it is safe to get additional doses.
protected against measles before you travel.
. Infants vaccinated before 12 months of age should be revaccinated on or after
their first birthday with two doses, separated by at least 28 days.
• Children 12 months of age or older should have two doses, separated by at least
should get two doses, separated by at least 28 days.