PLEASE READ THIS IF YOU ARE TRAVELING THIS SUMMER!!!
Currently in the US, over 25 states have a measles outbreak. All of Europe is having a measles outbreak. In 2018 there were 83,500 cases of measles in Europe and 74 deaths. In the first 2 months of 2019 alone there have been 34,300 cases of measles in Europe. In addition, many other countries throughout the world are having measles outbreaks.
If you are traveling anywhere this summer, please make sure you and your children are protected. The CDC is recommending the following for all International Travel:
For babies 6 months to 11 months old: one dose of MMR (they will still need the routine dose of MMR at 12 months old and 4 years old)
For babies 12 months old and up: 2 doses of MMR given 28 days apart (if they receive both MMR, they will not need the dose at 4 years old)
For adults: please make sure you either have confirmation of 2 MMR or you have your doctor draw titers to make sure you are protected.
If you are traveling in the US, please check the county health clinic where you are traveling to see if they are recommending the above accelerated MMR schedule.
Measles is a devastating illness which can cause complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis (brain infection). One to three out of every 1000 children with measles die.
Please let us know if you have any questions or if your children need an MMR and we can book an appointment for you.
Your doctors of Great Destinations Pediatrics