Barbados has issued a statement saying it has not had any case of measles since 1990. This statement was issued by the country’s Ministry of Health. According to the Ministry, Ms. Sheila Stuart, the director of PAREDOS had said that the ministry had sent four inspectors to green cards to certify immunization status. She said the check was because there was an outbreak of measles in the country.
The Barbadian Ministry of Health has, however, said the checks were only routine to ensure that the country does not experience an outbreak anytime soon. It is advised by the Ministry that children will definitely escape an attack if the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) shots are taken appropriately. It is stated that the shots should be administered twice, first at 12 months then at 18 months.
According to the statement by the Ministry of Health in Barbados, measles outbreaks have been reported over and over in different parts of the United Kingdom, North America, Europe, and South America. Barbados has however not recorded any case of the disease since 1990 and therefore is taking all precautionary measures to ensure none is recorded.