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traveling with children

There’s no question that there are plenty of germs to be picked up in airports and on planes while traveling. But with travelers being exposed to the highly contagious measles virus in the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport early in September and the rapid spread of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) across the U.S., parents’ concern for their children’s health is running high. Measles…

Last Thursday, U.S. health officials reported that after a full decade of decline, Europe and Africa reported an increase in the number of measles cases in 2010. Because of concerted immunization efforts in those areas, total cases declined from more than 853,000 in 2000 to nearly 278,000 in 2008, and remained stable in 2009. However, the number increased in 2010…

Yesterday, the Practical Traveler reminded travelers that “Getting vaccinated may be the last thing on your mind when heading off on vacation, but it’s important — whether you are traveling to an exotic destination or not.” This point is illustrated by last month’s advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documenting the unusually high number of measles cases…

Earlier this week the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that 6,500 measles cases have been reported in Europe.  As noted in our earlier post, France is reporting much higher numbers than other countries, but Spain and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are in a distant second and third. As with so many infectious diseases, there is a vaccine available…

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) in Europe is urging parents to get their children vaccinated against measles before the heavy spring travel period begins. As The Telegraph reported this week, this warning is in response to the surprisingly high number of reported measles cases among children in Europe.  The center of the outbreak seems to be in France where so…

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