Measles vaccination - early administration

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Infants who have not yet been vaccinated against measles can be vaccinated early and free of charge in Flanders between the age of six and twelve months when they travel to a country with a high risk of measles. This early vaccine does not count as a full vaccination but offers short-term protection. After this dose, they should receive two more vaccinations, according to the normal schedule.

For older children, it is recommended to advance the second dose when travelling to a high-risk country. This is not free of charge. However, an early second vaccination counts as a second vaccination if it is administered at least one month after the first vaccination.

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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