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Measles Outbreak in Romania (Update)

06 Mar 2017

On 4 March 2017, ECDC reported that between 17 and 24 February 2017, 38 cases of measles were recorded in Romania. Since early 2016, there has been a nationwide measles epidemic affecting Romania. Between 1 January 2016 and 24 February 2017, the country reported 3 109 cases of measles, including 16 fatalities.

Advice for Travellers

Young people who missed their MMR vaccines as children are vulnerable. It should be confirmed that children and young people have received their recommended doses of MMR at 12-13 months of age and again pre-school around 3 years 6 months. 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.