Timely vaccination for international adoptees before coming to the United States can prevent the spread of measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases. Although measles is a highly infectious disease that may lead to severe complications and even death, it can be prevented through routine vaccination. In this cluster, two adoptees from China were diagnosed with measles in July 2013, shortly after arriving in the United States.
Contact investigations by state and local public health agencies led to the identification of two additional measles cases, involving a family member of an adoptee and another new adoptee from China. All of the adoptees were children aged 2-years-old with cerebral palsy who had not received vaccination against measles.
By ensuring that international adoptees are up-to-date on their vaccines while still in their countries of origin, the spread of vaccine preventable disease like measles can be avoided.