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Ministry of Health is offering free measles vaccination for children and adults as means to prevent infections and spread of measles.  As of today, Palau has not had a reported case of measles. Due to recent spread in neighboring countries to the south that have claimed many lives, many of which are children, Palau is urging everyone to check their immunization to ensure that they have received vaccination for measles.

Adults age 19 and over, can go the hospital on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to have their charts checked by CDU nurses.  For children 0-18, Central Community Health center is open Wednesdays and Fridays.

World Health Organization and UNICEF have issued a statement urging vaccination as means to prevent spread of measles and to advise travelers within the Pacific to take extra precaution to ensure that they are vaccinated against measles before travelling.

The vaccination coverage targeted in order to prevent transmission in a population is 95%.

Palau Ministry of Health recent reports says that 96% of children 19 to 35 months are vaccinated and 83% of most adults are also vaccinated. 80% of all first responders are vaccinated .

Palau remains under Measles Watch but so far no cases have been reported. (L.N. Reklai)