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Measles: What You Need to Know

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Updated: April 16, 2019

With measles incidence rising globally, this year has already seen the second largest number of domestic cases reported annually since measles was declared eliminated in 2000. Ongoing outbreaks of measles in seven U.S. health jurisdictions stemming from travel to countries, including Israel, Ukraine, and the Philippines, where large measles outbreaks are occurring, underscore the importance of vaccination against the virus before traveling internationally, and the need for intensive community education on the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. Measles poses significant threats to public health and to vulnerable populations, including young children, elderly individuals, and those with weakened immune systems. IDSA recommends strong immunization requirements regarding all CDC-approved vaccines with exemptions provided only in cases of medical contraindication.

The information below will be updated as new resources become available:

Patient Information 

IDSA Statements

Measles Related CDC Alerts

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