Measles, Mumps and Rubella are viral illnesses spread by the respiratory route, via coughing, sneezing etc. They are present globally in all countries of the world and are therefore a risk to all travellers. Often countries in Asia and Africa experience outbreaks of these diseases, however many developed countries also have had outbreaks in recent years.

All travellers are at risk, especially if visiting for long periods or if living/working closely with the local population. Vaccination against these illnesses are provided as part of the UK childhood vaccination programme, and are normally given as a young child, however many people may have missed the first and/or second dose and are therefore potentially at risk of disease. In order to gain full protection two doses are required a minimum of one month apart.

Age of UseDoses RequiredScheduleTime Before TravelBooster Required
6 months+20, 1+ monthUp to day beforeNo (Life Protection)

*Vaccines work best if given time to become active. This vaccine can be given up to the day before travel and will provide some cover.

Risk Areas