Measles, Mumps & Rubella

What are Measles? 
Measles causes an illness with fever and a rash that can lead to pneumonia, ear infection, and neurologic problems. It is prevalent in the developing world, and is transmitted easily from person to person through coughing, sneezing or direct contact. 


What are Mumps?
Mumps causes fever and swelling of the glands in the mouth and throat area and, in men, may affect the testicles.


What is Rubella?
Rubella (German measles) is a disease of concern for pregnant women, whether traveling or not. The potential for exposure is however greater in developing countries. The disease can cause severe damage to the unborn child.

Countries of Risk: 
Malaria is found in many parts of the world including sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South America, Southeast Asia, India, the Middle East and the islands of the South Pacific.

Preparations for Travel to Risk Areas & Recommended Immunizations: 
Immunization against measles, mumps and rubella is customarily given during childhood. If your travel plans will interrupt the normal immunization schedule for your children, discuss their needs with your physician. Anyone born in 1957 or later, who has never had measles or mumps, should be immunized prior to international travel. All female adolescents and women of childbearing age, who have never had rubella or been immunized, should seriously consider vaccination. Vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella consists of one injection for adults and one injection plus a booster dose for children.

 

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