The Travel Health and Vaccine Specialists

Health Alert


Measles in Indonesia

Updated April 11, 2017

What is the current situation?     


Health officials in Australia, Canada, and Taiwan have reported several cases of measles in travelers returning from Indonesia, including the island of Bali.

Measles is found regularly in Indonesia, and CDC recommends that travelers to Indonesia protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against measles. Getting measles vaccine is particularly important for infants 6–11 months of age (1 dose of measles vaccine) and children 1 year of age or older (2 doses of measles vaccine). Clinicians should keep measles in mind when treating patients with fever and rash, especially if the patient has recently traveled internationally.

What can travelers do to protect themselves?


  • Get measles vaccine or make sure you have already been vaccinated.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes.

Learn more about preventing measles and what to do if you think you have measles on the Measles Disease Page.


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