Ecuador Ministry of Health Begin Measles Vaccination Campaign

Posted on June 16, 2011 • Filed under: Ecuador, Health, Latin America Travel, TRAVEL

According to the Ministry of Public Health (MSP) will launch a vaccination campaign against measles on Monday June 20th. The MSP is concerned with reports of increased cases and outbreaks of the disease in the Americas. In Ecuador the last case of measles was in 1996, but in April 2011 the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued a measles epidemic alert due to other countries experiencing outbreak. The campaign will be nationwide. For travelers that are leaving Ecuador, vaccinations will only be available in the cities of Quito, Centros de Salud No. 1 and 2, and Guayaquil, Direccion Provincial de Salud 15 days prior to travel. The ministry calls on people to be very cleanly and wash hands to prevent germs. Children should be vaccinated with MMR between 12 and 23 months. The second dose should be administered at 6 years.Read Article

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