The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a summer travel advisory regarding measles.
The CDC recommends that all US residents who are six months or older and who plan to travel internationally and do not have evidence of immunity, receive the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine prior to their travels.
As of June 8, there were 16 confirmed US cases of measles with 14 of them being linked to international travel.
What are the symptoms?
Measles is a highly contagious viral illness. Symptoms include a fever, cough, runny nose, and pink eye. It can also cause other complications like pneumonia, brain inflammation, and death. (Sound eerily familiar to you?)
How does the vaccine work?
The MMR vaccine is administered in one or two doses, with two doses being more effective at 97% versus 93% for a single dose.
See more details here and check the Global Measles Travel Health Notice for destination-specific information.