WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand is asking travelers to make sure they are immunized for measles before traveling to its biggest city, Auckland, as the country faces its worst outbreak in over 22 years.
“If you’re thinking of traveling into or out of Auckland, you should make sure you’re vaccinated at least two-weeks before you go,” Associate Minister for Health Julie Anne Genter said in a statement this week.
“This includes children from 12 months old,” she added.
Measles cases are rising globally, including in wealthy nations such as the United States and Germany, where some parents shun the vaccines mostly for philosophical or religious reasons, or concerns, debunked by medical science, that the vaccines against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) could cause autism.
In the U.S. more than 1,200 cases have been recorded across 30 states in the worst outbreak since 1992, while other countries like the U.K and Germany also recorded higher number of cases this year.
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