Measles: What You Need to Know

By: AvMed Health Tips AvMed Health Smarts, Pediatrics

Measles outbreaks are making headlines again. Measles, once considered to be eradicated in the U.S., can be spread by unvaccinated children and adults. About 25 percent of those who come down with the measles are hospitalized.

For certain populations, like infants under 6 months old and people with compromised immune systems, it can even be deadly. Are you and your family protected? Being vaccinated is especially important if you plan on traveling internationally.

If you and your family plan on going abroad this summer, make sure everyone is up to date on his or her vaccines. Here are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s official recommendations for measles prevention when traveling overseas:

  • Infants 6 months through 11 months of age should receive one dose of MMR vaccine.
  • Children 12 months of age and older should receive two doses of MMR vaccine separated by at least 28 days.
  • Teenagers and adults who do not have evidence of immunity against measles should get two doses of MMR vaccine separated by at least 28 days.

Current vaccines are highly reliable at preventing the disease. Talk to your doctor today about getting protected. Click here for additional CDC recommendations.