Should I get a measles vaccine before traveling internationally?

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Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of getting infected with measles virus when they travel internationally. CDC recommends that infants 6 through 11 months old get at least one dose of the MMR vaccine before they travel internationally. Children 12 months of age or older should have two doses separated by at least 28 days. Adults who have not had measles or been vaccinated should get two doses separated by at least 28 days. Check with your healthcare provider to see if you or your child should be vaccinated before traveling.

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Vaccines are commonly given to children in the form of a shot to help prevent serious diseases like measles and mumps. Vaccines are developed using either dead strains of a disease, weakened strains, or strains of a different dise...

ase. As adults, we receive flu vaccines or may need a booster of childhood vaccines to retain immunity. Travelers may receive vaccines either as a condition of entry to a country, or on recommendation of health officials. Generally there is little or no reaction to a vaccine, but in some cases the vaccine may cause an allergic reaction or a temporary, mild illness. Some vaccines are not safe for pregnant women, so it’s important to check with a healthcare professional.
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