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Measles in Ukraine (Update)

27 Mar 2012

The measles outbreak in Ukraine is ongoing and is currently affecting the western part of the country, bordering on Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

To date in 2012, more than 5000 cases have been reported and this is considered to be an underestimate of the actual numbers. The outbreak is predicted to accelerate and spread geographically during the peak transmission season which is February to June (2012).

Advice for Travellers

It should be confirmed that children have received their recommended doses of MMR at 12-15 months of age and again pre-school around 3 years 6 months, while 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.