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  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)
  • Scheduling Vaccines

What is the earliest age at which I can give MMR to an infant who will be traveling internationally? Also, which countries pose a high risk to children for contracting measles?

ACIP recommends that children who travel or live abroad should be vaccinated at an earlier age than that recommended for children who reside in the United States. Before their departure from the United States, children age 6 through 11 months should receive 1 dose of MMR. The risk for measles exposure can be high in high-, middle- and low-income countries. Consequently, CDC encourages all international travelers to be up to date on their immunizations regardless of their travel destination and to keep a copy of their immunization records with them as they travel. For additional information on the worldwide measles situation, and on CDC’s measles vaccination information for travelers, go to

Last reviewed: June 19, 2023

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