What is Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) and How does it spread?

This is called German measles or Rubella, which is a disease spread through air by breathing, coughing and sneezing. Should avoid from sharing items, like cups or drink cans, “This is called German measles or Rubella, which is a disease spread through air by breathing, coughing and sneezing. Should avoid from sharing items, like cups or drink cans, with infected people can also spread the virus. The virus can also live on items and surfaces touched by an infected person for several hours.

What is Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine and Why should Travelers get the vaccine ? Why should Travelers get the vaccine?

MMR vaccine safe for use with very few, mild side effects. MMR vaccine safe for use with very few, mild side effects. “Travelers going outside the United States are at risk for rubella. Travelers may be unaware that they have been in contact with an infected personsince symptoms are not visible and common,”

Who should get Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine ?

There are some groups with an increased risk of infection. These include There are some groups with an increased risk of infection. These include Students at post-high school centers All adults without evidence of immunity International travellers, especially if going to a region with active infection Healthcare professionals People With HIV or who live/work with the immunocompromised

Measles, Mumps and Rubella  (MMR) Symptoms

Rubella has generally mild symptoms. Headache, pink eye, cough and fever are common. Mumps is a virus known for its symptoms of puffy cheeks and a swollen jaw. Rubella has generally mild symptoms. Headache, pink eye, cough and fever are common. Mumps is a virus known for its symptoms of puffy cheeks and a swollen jaw. “As symptoms, you cane get rash and fever for 2 to 3 days. Some people do not feel sick. If a pregnant woman gets rubella virus,her baby could have birth defects such as deafness, cataracts, heart defects, mental disabilities, and organ damage.”

What can travelers do to prevent the disease?

  1.  Make sure you are fully vaccinated or otherwise protected against measles Make sure you are fully vaccinated or otherwise protected against measles
  2. Infants 6-11 months of age should have 1 dose of measles vaccine if traveling internationally.
  3. Children 12 months of age or older should have 2 doses, separated by at least 28 days.
  4. Children in the United States routinely receive measles vaccination at 12-15 months of age.
  5. The only rubella vaccines available in the United States are the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) and the measles-mumps-rubella-varicella (MMRV) vaccines.
  6. Adolescents and adults who have not had rubella or have not been vaccinated with MMR should get 2 doses, separated by at least 28 days.
  7. “The only measles vaccines available in the United States are the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) and the measles-mumps-rubella-varicella (MMRV) vaccines. MMR has been used safely and effectively since the 1970s. But a few people experience mild, temporary, adverse reactions, such as joint pain, from the vaccine,but serious side effects are extremely rare. There is no link between MMR and autism.” Apart from that,
  8. Practice hygiene and cleanliness. Wash your hands often. If soap and water aren’t available, clean hands with hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
  9. Prevent touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you need to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean.
  10. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  11. Try to avoid close contact, such as kissing, hugging, or sharing eating utensils or cups with people who are sick.