Location: Country wide
Event: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice for Measles in Africa.
Actions to Take:
- All travelers to Africa, (infants 6 months of age and older, children, and adults) should be fully vaccinated against measles, according to CDC immunization schedules.
- There is currently an ongoing measles outbreak in 5 counties of Liberia: Montserrado County in Commonwealth district, Bong County in Zota district, Nimba County, Maryland County, and Margibi County.
- Vaccination with a measles-containing vaccine is the best way to make sure that you are protected. You are also protected if you have laboratory confirmation of a past measles infection or if you were born before 1957.
- If you are not sure if you or your travel companions are fully protected against measles, schedule an appointment to see your healthcare provider at least one month before traveling so that you have enough time to get vaccinated.
- Some people should not get a measles-containing vaccine. If you do not think you can safely receive a measles-containing vaccine, talk to your doctor and consider making alternative travel plans.
- Visit the CDC Travelers Health Page Health Page for travelers to Liberia to learn more.