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Measles Travel Recommendations

Measles is a highly contagious, viral illness that is transferred by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing. After leaving a location, the virus remains contagious for around 2 hours on surfaces and in the air. Measles can cause severe health problems, including pneumonia, encephalitis, and death.

It is recommended that healthcare providers ensure that all patients are up to date on MMR vaccine and other vaccines. If you travel abroad, it is recommended that persons older than 6 months be protected from measles and receive the MMR vaccine, before departure.

Infants aged 6 through to 11 months should receive 1 dose of MMR vaccine before travelling. Children aged 12 months or older should have 2 doses of MMR vaccine (separated by at least 28 days).

Teenagers and adults without evidence of measles immunity should have documentation of 2 appropriately spaced doses of MMR vaccine.