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US Officials Contemplate Third MMR Vaccine Dose in Light of Rising Mumps Outbreaks

Due to the increasing number of mumps outbreaks in highly vaccinated communities, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) – a group of experts that provides advice regarding vaccine recommendations for children and adults in the US – announced in February that they will be looking into whether a third dose of the MMR vaccine should be recommended. The outcome of this deliberation is not expected until February 2018.

Revised US Executive Order to Prohibit Entry to US by Citizens of Six Countries; Implementation Scheduled for March 16

The US government issued a revised executive order on March 6 after legal challenges against a Jan. 27 order. The new directive will ban citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days; the administration of President Donald Trump removed Iraq from the list of blacklisted countries following negotiations with the Iraqi government, and in light of its role in fighting the Islamic State in conjunction with US forces.
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Update: Executive Order on Travel Restrictions

iJET's intelligence team with guest speaker Alejandro N. Mayorkas, former Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security hosted a webinar update focussed on the Executive Order on travel restrictions. The panel addressed known and potential impacts for global businesses and the travel industry and provided an update on the current state of legal proceedings generated by the order. Watch Now. 
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Spread of Yellow Fever in Eastern Brazil Triggers New Vaccination Recommendations

Yellow fever activity in Brazil has occurred in areas near the Atlantic coast that were previously not considered to be at risk for disease transmission. As a result, the WHO and Brazilian Ministry of Health have issued new yellow fever vaccination recommendations for southern Bahia State, Espírito Santo State, and northern Rio de Janeiro State - all of which were areas previously not considered at risk for disease transmission. Additional areas along the Atlantic coast could be added to the list of places where the yellow fever vaccination is recommended in the coming weeks.

Citizens of Seven Countries Barred Entry to US by Executive Order; Reciprocal Bans Being Adopted or Considered

On Jan. 27, the US government issued an executive order banning citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen from entering the US for at least 90 days; all Syrian citizens are barred until further notice. The order also suspends the US Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) for 120 days. The Trump Administration has stated that more countries could be added to the travel ban via a presidential proclamation. Reciprocal travel restrictions are possible for US citizens traveling to the blacklisted countries.

South Korea: Major Business Disruptions Unlikely despite Presidential Impeachment

The possible departure of President Park could significantly impact domestic and foreign policy, as the scandal has thrown the country's political alliances into disarray at a time when conditions already suggest that the opposition could win the next presidential election. The impeachment process and movement to oust Park will prolong uncertainty in the country in the short term; however, there is likely to be little impact on companies with operations in South Korea.

Philippines: High-profile Campaign against Illegal Drugs Currently Presents Low Threat to Personnel or Business Operations

President Rodrigo Duterte's high-profile campaign against the illegal drug trade is prompting growing concern about the security situation in the Philippines. Dozens of extrajudicial killings have occurred daily since Duterte took office June 30, leaving an estimated 4,000 people dead as of early November. As the campaign has progressed, Duterte has moved swiftly to silence critics, and he is seemingly allowing security personnel to operate with increasing impunity. Under current conditions, the primary concerns for travelers and multinational businesses are pre-existing criminal threats, and those unaffiliated with the drug trade or drug use are unlikely to be targeted. 

Is Your Workplace Prepared for Cold & Flu Season?

Influenza (or flu) season has begun in the Northern Hemisphere, where flu activity will continue to increase in the coming months. Even though the flu is a highly contagious and potentially serious disease, many employers do not recognize it as a significant threat and likely suffer losses to their bottom line as a result. iJET health analyst, Melissa Dudley shares four key steps for keeping your people healthier. 
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Pre-Travel Health Planning Can Help You Avoid Common Issues

Pre-travel health planning is paramount. Travelers can face a variety of health-related threats while traveling abroad from infectious diseases and injury to exacerbating pre-existing medical conditions. Fortunately, many of these issues can be mitigated and even prevented prior to departure. Let's take a look at some basic and proactive pre-travel health measures you should consider before any international trip.
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Hurricane Matthew Devastates Hispaniola; Takes Aim at Southeast US

Hurricane Matthew quickly strengthened into the first Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic Basin since 2007 and left widespread destruction in Hispaniola. Haiti, in particular, faces a humanitarian crisis after Matthew hit the impoverished island nation with force.

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