- Dr. Lopez
Another school year has passed and Summer vacation is on the horizon!
With Summer vacation, comes traveling and family fun.
Keep your family safe and healthy in order to enjoy the most of this exiting time of the year.
With recent reports of measles outbreaks, it is very important to be prepared and the best way to prepare is to vaccinate!
It is advisable for international travelers, ages 6-11 months to receive an early dose of MMR 2 weeks before traveling. Children ages 12 months and older should receive their first dose as soon as possible and their second dose 28 days after the first dose. Any other child or teenager who does not have evidence of immunity, should receive their first dose immediately, as well as the second MMR 28 days after the first dose.
Recently, there have been several reports of outbreaks within the United States as well. “From January 1st to May 17th, 2019, 880 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 24 states.” If traveling within the country to any of these areas with recent outbreaks, it is highly advisable to vaccinate according to the previous international recommendations.
The CDC updates and reports routinely states/counties where active outbreaks are taking place. This information can be found https://www.cdc.gov/measles/cases-outbreaks.html
If you and your family plan on traveling to one of these areas in the United States, please make sure to call our office to schedule an immunization appointment.
We want to help keep your family healthy this Summer!