The Travel Health and Vaccine Specialists

Health Alert


Measles in the Philippines

Updated April 23, 2018

Key Points
There is an outbreak of measles in the Philippines.
Travelers to the Philippines should make sure they are vaccinated against measles with the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine.
What is the current situation?
Health officials in the Philippines have reported an outbreak of measles.

What can travelers do to protect themselves?
Make sure you have already been vaccinated or get fully vaccinated before leaving the United States:
Infants (6 through 11 months of age) should have 1 dose of MMR vaccine.
Adults and children over 1 year of age should have 2 doses of MMR vaccine separated by at least 28 days.
Avoid contact with people who are sick.
Learn more about preventing measles and what to do if you think you have it on the measles page for travelers.

What can clinicians do?
Clinicians should keep measles in mind when treating patients with fever and rash, especially if the patient has recently traveled internationally.

Traveler Information
Measles Webpage for Travelers
CDC Measles Homepage
MMR Vaccine Information Statement
MMRV Vaccine Information Statement
Clinician Information
Measles (Rubeola) in CDC’s Yellow Book
Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Recommendations for MMR vaccine and MMRV vaccine
Measles Information for Healthcare Professionals
Page created: April 11, 2018
Page last updated: April 11, 2018
Page last reviewed: April 11, 2018
Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)
Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ)