Los Angeles health officials urges measles vaccinations before domestic and international travel – Daily News


In the midst of national and international measles outbreaks, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is advising anyone who has not been immunized against measles to get vaccinated.

Health officials warn spring travel and attending large-scale events, particularly in places where there are ongoing outbreaks, can increase the chances of exposure to measles.

“With 90 percent effectiveness, the measles immunization is the best way to keep from getting and spreading measles,” said Dr. Muntu Davis, the county’s health officer.

Adults, especially those born in 1957 or later who have not been vaccinated, have been affected by recent outbreaks, he said.

Officials said travelers taking trips within the U.S. should follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccination recommendations. Those traveling internationally should consider an expedited schedule, particularly for children and anyone who does not have evidence of immunity.

The CDC has reported 555 measles cases in the United States this year, the second-highest level in 25 years and the highest since the disease was said to be eradicated two decades ago. Nearly two-thirds of all cases have been in New York.

Los Angeles County health officials have responded to three cases involving people traveling through the county this year.

Measles is considered among the most contagious viruses in the world. Common symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis (red eyes) and a rash which usually appears 10 to 21 days after the exposure.

The CDC recommends that all children receive two doses of the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine, the first between 12 and 15 months, and the second between 4 and 6 years.

For more information, visit publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/measles.

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