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Measles in Belgium

03 Mar 2017

On the 24 February 2017 a media report(in French) advised that the number of people suffering from measles is growing in Wallonia, notably in the region of Charleroi, Jodoigne, Namur and Verviers. More than 70 cases have been reported since the beginning of 2017 against 7 to 8 cases usually at the same time.

Advice for Travellers

Young people who missed their MMR vaccines as children are vulnerable, especially if gathered in large numbers at an event. 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.