The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has advised people who are traveling abroad, or to areas in the U.S. with ongoing measles outbreaks, to ensure they are protected against this highly contagious illness. With measles outbreaks across the country, it’s a good idea to check vaccination records to ensure protection.
“It’s essential to know your vaccination or immunity status if you are planning to travel to areas where measles outbreaks have been reported,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, state communicable disease epidemiologist. “Measles, once considered eliminated in the U.S., has made a comeback. As you make your plans for travel, ensure checking vaccination records is on your list. We encourage everyone, regardless of travel, to be up to date on all recommended vaccines.”
Measles-mumps-rubella vaccine is available at doctor’s offices and many retail pharmacies. Anyone can check VaccineFinder.org to find a retail location. People who need help paying for vaccinations should contact their local public health department.