Measles upsurge prompts early vaccination for infants
An increase in measles cases in Australia and the USA is prompting pediatricians to consider earlier MMR vaccination in infants at risk.
According to the US CDC, infants generally receive the Measles, mumps, and rubella or MMR vaccine at 12-15 months of age. With the plummeting intensity of the epidemic, physicians are calling for the vaccination to be given as early as 9 months.
Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director – Communicable Diseases Org, NSW, is urging physicians to consider early vaccination of infants, especially if the families intent on travelling countries such as Philippines, India or Thailand.
Measles Emergency in the Philippines
The Department of Health (DoH) has declared measles outbreaks in 5 Regions (Region NCR, III, IVA, VI, VII) on 7 February 2019. Between January and March 2019, the DOH reported 25,676 measles cases including 355 deaths.