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Measles vaccination

Outbreaks of measles are occurring worldwide, including in Europe.

02-03-20

Image 1/1 : Child with measles

Travelling is a good opportunity to examine your vaccination status and update it where necessary. Most adults born before 1970 will have had measles as a child.

Adults born after 1970, who have not had measles and have not received a vaccionation, or only one vaccination, should be offered the measles-mumps-rubella vaccination (MMR). In Flanders, the MMR vaccine is available free of charge to this target group. Complete vaccination status is achieved after two MMR vaccinations spaced at least one month apart.

EARLIER VACCINATION

Infants who have not received a measles vaccination yet, can be vaccinated for free at the earlier age of six to twelve months if they are travelling to countries with a high risk of measles. This earlier vaccination does not count as a fully-fledged vaccination, but offers short-term protection. Following this dose, they still need to receive two vaccinations according to the vaccination schedule. An early second dose in older children can be considered, but this is not free of charge.

COUNTRIES FOR WHICH THESE RECOMMENDATIONS APPLY

  • All countries in Africa (except Morocco, Cape Verde, Sao Tome and Principe, Burundi, Rwanda, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, eSwatini)
  • All countries in Asia (except Turkey, Brunei, Bhutan, Maldives, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, South Korea)
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Romania
  • Venezuela

This list is updated monthly based on the WHO and ECDC reports.

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