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Measles in Israel

21 Sep 2012

Measles is an ongoing problem in Israel. Between 01 Jan-10 Sep 2012, 101 confirmed cases of measles have been reported in the Tel Aviv district. Of those, 49% were migrants of Eritrean origin and 15% were migrants of Sudanese origin. The measles outbreak has been affecting the Tel Aviv district since Apr 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.