Measles vaccination - early administration

Latest update:

Infants who have not received a measles vaccination yet, can be vaccinated for free at the earlier age of six to twelve months if they are travelling to countries with a high risk of measles. This earlier vaccination does not count as a fully-fledged vaccination, but offers short-term protection. Following this dose, they still need to receive two vaccinations according to the vaccination schedule. An early second dose in older children can be considered, but this is not free of charge.

Countries for which these recommendations apply

  • All countries in Africa and Asia (except Morocco, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Turkey)
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Macedonia
  • Ukraine
  • Romania
  • Venezuela

Countries for which early vaccination is recommended if you are in close contact with the local population

In other words, if you are staying with family or friends at home. This advice does not apply to journeys that involve spending the night in a campsite, a hotel or an apartment.

  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • France
  • Israel (when staying in jewish-orthodox communities)
  • Italy
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lithuania
  • Slowakia
  • US (when staying in jewish-orthodox communities in New York)

This list is updated monthly based on the WHO and ECDC reports.

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