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Measles Outbreak – Protecting Yourself

Date: April 19, 2019

As has been reported in the press, from January 1 to April 11, 2019, approximately 555 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 20 of the United States. The states that have reported cases to CDC are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.   This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 2000 when measles were all but eliminated in the United States.

These recent outbreaks are linked to travelers who may apparently have brought measles back from other countries such as Israel, Ukraine, and the Philippines, where large measles outbreaks are occurring. 

The Centers for Disease Control makes a general recommendation for those who are traveling internationally – that is, make certain that you are vaccinated against measles before traveling internationally.  Given that Flight Attendants are on the front line of any health crisis, we’ve received a number of inquiries in the MEC Office asking if AFA is making any specific recommendations as it pertains to the measles outbreak.

AFA has brought to the foreground the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control in order to increase public awareness of the potential health risks that can result from the widespread introduction of measles.  We strongly encourage you to review these recommendations to determine if these are right for your personal health circumstances.  If, however, you have questions about the need for a measles vaccination, measles booster or if taking any of these vaccinations is right for your personal set of health circumstances, we strongly recommend that you consult with your personal physician or health care provider to make a determination as to the proper course of action for your unique set of health circumstances.

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