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Vaccine Preventable Diseases & Immunizations

Find out more about the diseases you may encounter, and the vaccine information that can help protect you.

Measles

WHAT IS IT?

  • Measles is transmitted easily from person to person through coughing, sneezing, or direct contact31 with nasal or throat secretions of infected individuals
  • Measles virus causes an illness with fever, runny nose, and cough. A rash typically begins on the face, then spreads to the rest of the body approximately 3-7 days later.
  • Complications include diarrhea, middle ear infections, pneumonia, and in rare instances, inflammation of the brain

PREVENTION TIPS

  • When possible, avoid contact with infected individuals
  • Maintain a strict hygiene regimen, such as washing your hands before eating32
  • Ensure your immunizations are up to date32

Consult your travel physician for additional health information.

For more information visit: wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/diseases.htm

IMMUNIZATIONS

  • Immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles) is customarily given during childhood
  • If your travel plans will interrupt the normal immunization schedule for your children, discuss their needs with your health care provider
  • If you have never had measles or were never vaccinated, talk with your health care provider32

HELP PROTECT YOURSELF

Vaccines can help protect you from diseases that are still common in many parts of the world. Make certain you contact your health care provider and determine which vaccines you should receive before you travel.

COMBINATION VACCINES

There are combination vaccines that help protect against multiple diseases that may reduce the number of shots you need. Measles is included in these vaccines.

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Diseases to Guard Against

When you’ve added your destinations, it is recommended that you take this list to your doctor so you can discuss relevant vaccinations before you travel.

Travel vaccines help protect you from illnesses present in other parts of the world, and help prevent the importation of infectious diseases across international borders. Which vaccinations you need depends on a number of factors, including your age, health status, and previous immunizations.

COMBINATION VACCINES

There are combination vaccines that help protect against multiple diseases that may reduce the number of shots you need.

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