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Measles in the Philippines

25 May 2015

Measles is an ongoing problem in the Philippines; the number of cases during the first three months of the year (2015) is 1320. There was an increase of 561 between the second and third month.

During 2014, a total of 58 010 suspected measles cases were recorded; this includes 21 420 confirmed cases and 110 deaths.

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. 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.