Italy continues to report high numbers of Measles cases, with large outbreaks in Abruzzo, Lazio, Lombardy, Piedmont, and Tuscany. Due to the ongoing outbreak in many European countries, travellers should ensure they are up to date with their Measles vaccination prior to travel. Contact your healthcare practitioner if you are unsure of your vaccination status.
For the latest information on Measles outbreaks please go to: ProMED-mail. Measles update (13): Europe (France), USA (TX). ProMED-mail 2018; February 24: 20180224.5648197.<ProMED-mail>. Accessed on February 26, 2018.
Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Polio should be reviewed and updated if necessary.
Note: Many of these vaccine preventable illnesses are making a resurgence due to non-vaccination, incomplete vaccination, and waning immunity.
Influenza vaccination is recommended for all travellers over 6 months of age, especially for children, pregnant women, persons over 65, and those with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, immunosuppressive disorders, and organ transplant recipients.
Note: In the northern hemisphere the flu season typically runs from November to April, from April to October in the southern hemisphere, and year-round in the tropics.
Other vaccines: Depending on your age, health status, lifestyle or occupational risk, the following vaccinations may also be recommended: Meningococcal Meningitis, Pneumococcal Pneumonia, Varicella, Herpes Zoster, Haemophilius influenza type B, Rotavirus, and Human Papillomavirus.
Health risk description last reviewed: July 11, 2017
Country information last updated: August 30, 2017