06 Jul 2017
Measles in EuropeA reminder for travellers to be up to date with measles vaccine
Advice for travellers
As part of your travel preparation, make sure you are up-to-date with all currently recommended UK vaccines including measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Two doses of MMR in a life time are needed for a person to be considered fully protected.
MMR vaccine can be given from six months of age before travel to a risk country and/or where an outbreak is occurring.
If you have not had measles (the illness) or if you have not had two doses of MMR, you may be at risk if visiting countries reporting cases. This is especially a concern if staying with friends or family, mixing with the local population or going to mass gatherings like festivals, sports events or pilgrimages. Measles is easily passed from person to person and can be a serious illness in adults (as well as children). It is never too late to have the vaccine.
You may wish to consider carrying a record documenting vaccination against MMR when travelling abroad.
Advice for health professionals
Guidance on measles vaccination is available in Immunisation against infectious disease Chapter 21. Advice on immunisation against measles is also available for those whose immunisation status is uncertain. In the UK, measles is a notifiable disease. Any case of suspected measles should be notified to the local Health Protection Team.
- TravelHealthPro News Item: Measles in Europe 26 April 2017. [Accessed 29 June 2017]
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control Epidemiological update: Measles - monitoring European outbreaks. 22 June 2017. [Accessed 29 June 2017]
- Public Health England. Measles. Chapter 21, Immunisation against Infectious Disease. 1 July 2013. [Accessed 29 June 2017]