HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Individuals who plan to travel during the summer are advised to keep up with vaccinations.
According to the Hawaii State Department of Health, measles are a common disease in many countries.
Several U.S. states are seeing a spike in the number of measles cases, majority of which are attributable to traveling abroad.
"Last year, a Hawaii family traveled to the mainland on vacation, and four family members contracted measles," State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Y. Park said."Measles is highly contagious and easily spread by direct contact with an infected person who may cough and sneeze."
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following:
- Infants ages six months through 11 months receive one dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine before departure.
- Children ages 12 months or older, and teens/adults without evidence of measles immunity should have documentation of two doses of MMR vaccine, separated by at least 28 days.
- Ideally, individuals should see their doctor at least four to six weeks before traveling because it takes most vaccines time to become effective in the body; see a doctor even if it is less than four weeks before leaving on a trip.
For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/travel.