(CNN) – Disney Cruise Line will soon require its passengers at all ages to be fully vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), following measles outbreaks on cruise ships over the past year.
The cruise line also will require the children to be at least six months old on each cruise so they can receive the booster that can prevent measles from returning to cruise ships.
“The cruise industry is seeing an unprecedented rise in cruise ship measles outbreaks that are related to the international travel patterns and heightened awareness of the deadly measles virus,” the cruise line said in a statement on its website.
“Disney Cruise Line strongly believes that both individuals and families should be protected from the very serious and highly contagious disease,” said Walt Disney Cruise Line’s president and CEO, Tom Staggs.
Disney is joining the cruise lines of Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International and Holland America Line in requiring children to be fully vaccinated before they cruise.
Disney’s move comes after a recent measles outbreak on a Carnival Cruise Line ship. So far this year, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 11,417 people are in measles outbreaks in the United States.
In March, a Carnival cruise line ship was ordered to return to Galveston, Texas, after a large measles outbreak on board the Carnival Vista.
Thirty people out of about 500 on board were diagnosed with measles during the ship’s four-day cruise.
The CDC recommends getting a measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine when you are born between 1 and 2 years old.
The CDC says that getting the vaccines as children can help to lessen the risk of the disease spreading later in life.
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