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Children as young as six months old can get a first dose if they’re going to a country where they are at high risk of exposure, health officials say.
“Unfortunately, that’s not always done. Parents often don’t report to their physician that they are taking their child on an international trip,” said Dr. Harry Keyserling, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at the Emory University School of Medicine.
One dose is considered 95 percent effective, two doses even better. But health officials acknowledge it’s not perfect and a few people who are fully vaccinated will still get sick.
Of the 89 cases reported through the end of last week, 79 were people who were unvaccinated or who had no documentation of it, Wallace said.
Outbreaks so far this year have included:
_In Florida, five cases linked to an international helicopter trade show held in Orlando last month, and another three cases in an outbreak in the Gainesville area traced to a traveler who had been to India.
_Nine cases in Utah, reported last month. They were linked to someone who apparently was infected in Poland.
_Twenty-one cases in Minnesota, first reported in February. The illnesses were traced to a Minneapolis-areas child who developed symptoms after returning from a trip to Kenya.
_Six cases in Pennsylvania, first reported in January, origin unknown.
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