CDC recommends “measles vaccine” for kids travelling abroad

Parents know how much fun it is for them and the child to get vaccinated.  Kids usually express the pain of poking them with needles by crying for hours.  None-the-less, vaccination is necessary to protect child from diseases.  There is a laundry list of vaccination that kids need after birth at certain age and MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) is one of them.   Seven cases of measles in American babies who traveled overseas and caught the disease are being investigated by Centers for Disease Control (CDC). None had received the MMR vaccine.

If you are wondering, why your child would need MMR in spite of the fact that measles was declared eliminated from the United States in 2000; it is still prevalent in other parts of the world, including countries of  Western Europe.  If you are travelling abroad with your child, it is important that you get MMR vaccine to protect your child.  In fact, if you are travelling within US, there is a chance somebody travelling from abroad can infect your child from measles.

What triggered response from CDC regarding measles?
Some tourists in the Orlando area returned home with the measles  and could have caught the disease here. The seven cases (six to 23 month old) that CDC is investigating eligible for vaccination before travel, but none received the MMR vaccine.  MMR is the only measles-containing vaccine currently available in the United States.  


What are ill effects of measles?
Young children...

are more likely at risk of complications or death from measles. Four of the seven children that were infected were hospitalized due to severe measles-related complications. 

Should I ask my pediatrician for MMR?
If you are travelling, you should ask you pediatrician regarding MMR vaccine.  There are cases where parents have reported that their physicians did not think it was necessary for them to take MMR.  Discuss recent cases with your doctor. The recommended dose of MMR include: 

  • infants aged 6 to 11 months should receive one dose of measles-mumps-rubella vaccine before traveling internationally, and
  • children aged 12 months and older should receive two doses (separated by at least 28 days). 


Safety and protection of your child from illness is your prime responsibility.  With so many children in day care, there are cases where kids have been infected from other kids at day care.  It is better to get MMR vaccine than not.  Discuss the MMR vaccination with your doctor in next visit and be safe. 

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