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family travelingMeasles remains a common disease in many parts of the world, including areas in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa. In the United States, most of the measles cases result from international travel. The disease is brought into the United States by people who get infected in other countries. They spread the disease to others, which can cause measles outbreaks.

Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of getting infected when they travel internationally.

Before any international travel—

  • Infants 6 months through 11 months of age should have 1 dose of measles vaccine.
  • Children 12 months of age or older should have 2 doses separated by at least 28 days.
  • Adolescents and adults who have not had measles or been vaccinated should get 2 doses separated by at least 28 days.

† Infants who get 1 dose of measles vaccine before their first birthday should get 2 more doses of the vaccine (one dose at 12 through 15 months of age and another dose at least 28 days later).

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