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What are Measles, Mumps, and Rubella?

What Are Measles, Mumps, And Rubella?

May 26, 2020

Measles causes an illness with fever and a rash. Measles is transmitted easily from person to person through coughing, sneezing or direct contact. Mumps causes fever and swelling of the glands in the mouth and throat area

Rubella (German measles) is a disease of concern for pregnant women, whether traveling or not. Rubella can cause severe damage to the unborn child.

Where Is It?

Measles is prevalent in the developing world, and is easily transmitted through coughing, sneezing or direct contact. The potential for Rubella exposure is greater in developing countries.

Prevention Tips

  • Maintain a strict hygiene regimen, such as washing your hands before eating
  • Ensure your immunizations are up-to-date

Available Immunizations

Immunization against measles, mumps and rubella is customarily given during childhood. If your travel plans will interrupt the normal immunization schedule for your children, discuss their needs with your physician. Anyone born in 1970 or later, who has never had measles or mumps, should be immunized prior to international travel. If you have never had measles or mumps or received immunization, you should be immunized prior to international travel.

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