Travellers need measles vaccination up to date - Philippines example

In 2014, there were more than 58,000 reported cases of measles with 110 deaths nationwide. Travellers from the Philippines were linked to measles outbreaks in a number of other countries, including the United States
and Canada. So far this year, after a major nationwide vaccination campaign, there have been only 1,902 cases and 2 deaths.

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Advice For Travellers

Measles is a serious viral infection that can be fatal. The Philippine experience illustrates the importance of vaccination against this disease which can be totally prevented.

Outbreaks of measles can occur frequently anywhere in the world at any time. Complications from measles are more common in children younger than 5 years old and adults 20 years and older. Travellers can reduce their risk of infection with measles virus by ensuring that their childhood vaccinations, including measles, are up-to-date prior to travelling.