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Hawaii urges vaccines for residents traveling

The state Department of Health is urging residents to get up-to-date with their vaccinations before traveling this summer. Officials are particularly urging measles vaccinations as several mainland states have been experiencing an increased number of measles cases, most of which are related to international travel.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Y. Park said Friday four members of a Hawaii family contracted measles last year during a mainland vacation.

She notes measles is highly contagious and spreads easily by direct contact with an infected person who is coughing or sneezing.

People with measles usually have a rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes. Some may develop ear infections, diarrhea, or serious lung infections, such as pneumonia. In rare cases, measles can cause swelling of the brain and even death.

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