Japan is reporting a measles outbreak this year as health officials there say 258 cases have been recorded in the first two months of 2019.
The hardest hit areas of Japan include Osaka, Mie and Aichi prefectures.
This has prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue a travel notice recently.
Travelers to Japan should make sure they are vaccinated against measles with the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine, the CDC notes.
People who cannot show that they were vaccinated or are otherwise protected against measles should get vaccinated before leaving the United States: Infants (6 through 11 months of age) should have 1 dose of MMR vaccine and Adults and children over 1 year of age should have 2 doses of MMR vaccine given on or after the first birthday and separated by at least 28 days.
Measles is a disease that can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia (infection of the lungs), and even death. It is caused by a highly contagious virus that is spread through the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing. Signs and symptoms of measles include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes.
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