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Measles in India

06 Jan 2023

India continues to experience widespread transmission of measles. According to the Junior Minister of Health on 20 December 2022, about 10 000 children were diagnosed with measles in India in 2022. Forty of these children died of their illness.  The city of Mumbai recorded 527 cases (9 deaths) in 2022. 

The worst affected states are Maharashtra (3075 cases, 13 deaths), Jharkand (2 683 cases, 8 deaths), Gujarat (1 650 cases, 9 deaths), Haryana (1 537 cases, 3 deaths), Bihar (1 276 cases, 7 deaths) and Kerala (196 cases).

The city of Mumbai recorded 527 cases (9 deaths) in 2022. 

Measles is a highly infectious disease spread through sneezing, coughing or direct contact with respiratory fluids. It causes a rash, high temperature (fever) and muscle aches and can have serious complications.

Advice for Travellers

Travelling abroad may increase your risk of measles. Your risk of exposure may be higher if you will be visiting friends and relatives and/or mixing with the local population during your trip.

Two doses of measles vaccine (given as part of MMR in the UK) are needed in your lifetime to fully protect you.

Check with your GP before travelling to ensure you have received two doses of MMR vaccination.

If you have been previously infected with measles, this also provides you with lifelong immunity against the disease.

Children should be up to date with the UK Vaccination Schedule. This includes a dose of MMR vaccine at around 12-13 months, and a second dose usually given from 3 years 4 months of age.

  • If your child has not yet had 2 doses of the MMR vaccine, talk to your GP or travel health professional as they may be able to have the vaccine earlier than normal if you are travelling to an area considered to have a high risk of exposure to measles.

See the fitfortravel MMR page for further information.