Vaccines

NUMC: Get measles vaccination if traveling to Europe

A pediatrician holds a dose of the measles-mumps-rubella
A pediatrician holds a dose of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine at his practice in Northridge, Calif., Jan. 29, 2015. Photo Credit: AP

Long Islanders planning to visit Europe this summer and who have not been vaccinated for measles are advised to do so before traveling, according to health officials from Nassau University Medical Center.

Dr. Victor Politi, the center’s chief executive, pointed to related health notices issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, advising travelers to take special care, particularly those visiting France, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Romania.

Described as “the most contagious of all diseases” by the CDC, measles spreads through coughs and sneezes, infecting an estimated nine out of 10 susceptible people who are exposed in close contact.

Since January 2016, more than 14,000 cases of measles have been reported in Europe, the CDC said, citing data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

Thousands of parents across…