In America, the risk for measles is almost at 0 percent. The high vaccination coverage in our country helped to eliminate most cases, so that the disease hardly taps Americans. However, this is not the case all over the world. If you are planning to travel to Europe, Asia, the Pacific, or Africa, you will want to make sure that you are up to date on your vaccinations.
Measles is one of the most contagious diseases, and even domestic travelers can be exposed in trains stations or airports as they travel about. On June 11, 2012, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine reported that they have had 10,386 cases of measles since the beginning of this year. Particularly when travelling here or to surrounding regions like Hungary or Poland, people should be incredibly cautious.
Over 1,200 cases of measles have been reported in Romania this year, and last year a grand total of 4,000 cases were dealt with in the country. In France, 15,200 people were infected with measles last year. The disease can be dangerous, producing an itchy rash and a high fever. Men and women will also receive the symptoms of a cold, coughing and sneezing. Sometimes the infection comes with ear infections, or a lung infection that can lead to pneumonia. If an infant is confronted with the disease, it can even be deadly.
If you are travelling with a group and were not cautioned to get a measles shot beforehand, then you need to talk to a personal injury lawyer. When you fall ill because of someone else’s negligent actions, you need to seek damages for your pain. Also, if a doctor did not suggest that you get these vaccinations even though he or she knew that you were travelling, you may have a medical malpractice case. Talk to someone today!