Public Health Department stresses need for measles vaccination before traveling out of the country

The Dane County Public Health Department is advising families who may be traveling out of the country this summer to be up-to-date on their measles vaccination (MMR).

According to an e-mail sent to Dane County Public School Nurses by Diane McHugh, RN, an Immunization Specialist with Public Health Madison Dane County, “it is no longer only under-developed countries that are experiencing outbreaks of measles disease, as vaccination rates in many developed countries have decreased in the past 10 years.  Most cases of measles in the US are imported from other countries, including a measles outbreak of 23 cases recently in Minneapolis.  Measles is one of the most highly contagious diseases known and is easily transmitted to unprotected individuals during travel.  The disease is most dangerous for infants and young children and often requires hospitalization.  McHugh notes that “the  vaccine is safe and highly effective.”

Think Measles poster (English)

Think Measles poster (Spanish)

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