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CDC Alerts on Measles Spike, Advises Vaccination for Travelers & Kids

The CDC has issued an advisory due to a rise in global and U.S. measles cases, urging vaccination for all international travelers over 6 months and children over 12 months. As of March 14, 2024, there have been 58 confirmed cases in the U.S. across 17 jurisdictions, with 93% linked to international travel. Most affected are unvaccinated children over 12 months. Countries like Austria, the Philippines, Romania, and the UK are experiencing outbreaks. U.S. residents are advised to be up-to-date with MMR vaccinations before international travel. Despite high immunity in the U.S., reduced vaccination rates pose a risk for outbreaks.

Measles can lead to severe complications such as pneumonia, encephalitis, and death, especially in unvaccinated individuals. It starts with symptoms like fever and cough, with a rash appearing about 14 days after exposure. The virus spreads through direct contact and airborne droplets, remaining infectious for up to 2 hours on surfaces.

Global declines in measles vaccination rates have increased outbreak risks. The MMR vaccine, which is 97% effective after two doses, is crucial for prevention. However, U.S. vaccination rates among kindergartners have dropped, leaving many susceptible to measles. The CDC emphasizes the importance of vaccination for children, international travelers, and healthcare providers to manage suspected cases and prevent outbreaks.

For healthcare providers, the CDC recommends ensuring MMR vaccinations are up-to-date, considering measles in diagnoses for fever and rash in travelers, and isolating suspected cases. Health departments should report cases to the CDC and enhance surveillance and communication efforts.

Parents and travelers are advised to ensure full vaccination before international travel and watch for symptoms upon return. The CDC stresses the safety and effectiveness of the MMR vaccine in preventing measles and its complications.


Pamela K Coyle 1949-2024

Pam received her Master’s degree in library science from Clarion University in 1978. She never lost her love of reading or her enthusiasm for libraries.

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Candie worked in the Prothonotary’s office at the Fulton County Courthouse, and later at Irving Accounting and U.S.A. Cartage in Williamsport, MD.

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