Why You Should Keep Vaccinations Top-of-Mind During Summer Travel

Greg Sweat, M.D. — July 9, 2019

You’ve probably seen several mentions of the recent measles outbreak and been involved in some type of conversation around vaccinations. That’s not surprising, given that as of early June , there have been more than 1,000 confirmed cases of measles across the country. This outbreak marks the greatest amount of cases reported in the U.S. since 1922.

As we continue through the summer season, and the accompanying increase in travel, I thought it was a good time to share some information on proper vaccinations.

The facts about measles

Measles can be prevented through proper vaccination. Despite the widespread concern of a connection between measles vaccinations and health issues, healthcare providers and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have ensured the public and patients that vaccinations are safe and the greater risk and danger lies in contracting the disease itself.

Vaccinations reduce the risk of deadly diseases, including measles, helps the body build immunity, and supports public health and well-being. If you have questions about vaccines, I urge you to discuss them with your primary care physician.  

Vaccinations and travel

The recent measles outbreak can be attributed , in part, to an increase in the number of travelers who are exposed to measles and bring it back to the U.S. Particularly within the summer months, we need to be more cautious while planning for trips by consulting with a doctor. You can also visit the CDC destinations list to determine what types of vaccinations or health services you may need to receive ahead of your trip.

Measles and Missouri

Missouri is one of 28 states in which cases of measles have been confirmed so far in 2019. Though this is an issue that spans the entire country, we, as a community, need to work together to bring proper attention to the importance of taking steps to protect ourselves from deadly diseases during this summer season and beyond.

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