Measles: What You Need To Know About the MMR Vaccine Before Traveling

Infographic: Protect your child from measles. Measles is still common in many parts of the world. Unvaccinated travelers who get measles in other countries continue to bring the disease into the United States. Give your child the best protection against measles with two doses of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine: 1st dose at 12-15 months, 2nd dose at 4-6 years. Traveling abroad with your child? Infants 6-11 months old need 1 dose of measles vaccine before traveling abroad. Children 12 months and older should receive 2 doses before travel. Check with your pediatrician before leaving on your trip to make sure your children are protected.

With the recent outbreaks of measles in the nation many families have been asking how to best protect their child. According the CDC, from January 1 to May 10, 2019, 839 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 23 states.  This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000.

Measles is a highly contagious disease, and it can be serious for young children. Protect your child by making sure he or she is up to date on measles vaccine, including before traveling abroad.

If current recommendations for the MMR vaccine change due to outbreaks we will post an update.

For more information on measles and vaccination recommendations visit CDC, Measles: Make Sure Your Child is Fully Immunized


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