French health authorities have reported a rise in measles cases at the Val-Thorens ski resort, one of the highest in the Alps, and a popular destination for both French and foreign tourists. The Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes (ARS) regional health agency for the district have recorded 18 cases. The ARS recorded just eight cases in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region in 2016, 45 cases in 2017 and 84 cases during 2018.
Travel may increase an individual’s risk of exposure to the measles virus, and facilitate the spread of disease to unvaccinated and susceptible populations. Travax encourages all travellers, particularly children, to ensure that they are up to date pre-travel with UK national schedule vaccines, which includes having received two doses of a measles containing vaccine, unless they have had a prior measles infection.
Further information and advice on travel to France and on the MMR vaccine is available to view on the Travax (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.
Sources: Travax, 13 February 2019 and fitfortravel, 13 February 2019