Protect your family from European measles outbreak

Protect your family from European measles outbreak

by: Courtney Woodruff | .
Stripes Europe | .
published: April 20, 2017

Before heading off on your European adventures this spring and summer, make sure your family’s Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccinations are all up to date — especially for your little ones. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has reported a measles outbreak in U.S. military host nations and surrounding countries.

According to ECDC, the cases of measles reported in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Slovenia and Sweden for two months in 2017 is more than the total number reported in 2016. The highest rate of illness so far has been reported by Romania, Italy and the UK; however, 10 countries — including Austria, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain and Sweden — have seen double the number of cases reported from January to February 2016 in the same months for 2017

Infants and children from 1 to 4 years make up the largest portion of the population that has been affected so far. Babies are the most vulnerable to the disease, as they are not yet protected by the first dose of the MMR vaccination. Young children are best protected by herd immunity, or being surrounded by immunized adults and siblings.

To follow the measles outbreak in Europe and learn more about how to protect your family, visit ecdc.europa.edu.

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