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Measles in Philippines (Update)

18 Aug 2014

The measles outbreak in the Philippines is ongoing. The total number of cases now stands at 77 590, of those, 37 421 have been laboratory confirmed. Since June 2014 to date, 30 000 new suspected/confirmed cases have been reported.

Advice for Travellers

It should be confirmed that children have received their recommended doses of MMR at 12-15 months of age and again pre-school around 3 years 6 months, while unimmunised adults who have not had the disease themselves may consider vaccination if thought to be at risk. Two doses of MMR vaccine are required to give adequate protection.