Heading Overseas? You Might Need a Measles Shot

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Planning a summer trip abroad? Between digging out your passport and booking hotels, find some time to look up your medical records. If you're older than 28 years old, you may need a measles vaccination—even if you were inoculated as a kid.

As Slate explains, prior to 1989, the Centers for Disease Control only recommended that children receive one dose of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. But since measles outbreaks were still far from being a thing of the past, health officials revised the guidelines to recommend two doses. They also recommended that travelers going abroad receive a measles booster shot if they had just received one MMR vaccination and had never experienced a full-blown case of the disease.

Travelers who were born before 1957 can ignore this advice, as they were probably exposed to a prior measles epidemic and are thereby immune. But if you were born between then and 1989, check with your doctor (or dig up your medical records) to ensure you’re fully covered. If not, get the shot.

Thanks to the two-dose measles vaccine and a robust vaccination program, the Americas were declared measles-free in 2000. The disease is still prevalent in other countries around the world: Measles has surged across Europe in recent months, as many people there haven’t received the second dose of the two-dose measles vaccine. It’s also common, and even deadly, in developing countries, including parts of Africa and Asia.

Today, measles is relatively rare in the U.S., but imported cases do pop up. Typically, they occur because someone who was either unvaccinated or under-vaccinated traveled abroad and contracted the disease, then brought it home and transmitted it to others who hadn't been immunized.

This raises the question: Why are Americans still going abroad without getting a measles booster shot? As a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows, many health-conscious travelers who aren't 100 percent measles-immune refuse the shot because they’re not worried about contracting the disease. But judging by the recent measles surge in Europe—not to mention a new measles outbreak in Minnesota that's linked to anti-vaccination campaigns—they should be.

[h/t Slate]

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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Wayfair/Weber

This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
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- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
GoSports

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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Does the Dryer Eat Your Socks? Use This Simple Laundry Hack to Solve the Problem

You never have to search for your missing socks again.
You never have to search for your missing socks again.
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Doing laundry is never fun, but when your pile of apparel emerges with socks missing, it can turn into an investigation worthy of a homicide detective. Whether they're Nike, Gucci, or Gold Toe, no sock is immune to foul play—and typically, no suspect can ever be located.

Socks get “lost” when they cling to the washer drum, disappear into a pair of pants, or fall out of the hamper on their way back to the sock drawer. It’s also possible for a washer to “eat” a sock by allowing it to tumble out of the drum and get stuck in an inaccessible portion of the appliance. Some socks have even made it to the water drain or pump in their desperate bid to avoid your feet.

Reader’s Digest has a solution to this phenomenon: Use a safety pin. When you take your socks off, clip them together with the pin. By utilizing this sock buddy system, the pair will never be separated in the wash. It’s also far less likely for a pair to be obscured by other clothing or to cling to a hidden surface like the washer or fall by the wayside in a crevice.

If you’re concerned safety pins might damage your washer, you can opt for plastic sock clips like Loc A Sock. A pack of 40 clips is just $15 on Amazon.

[h/t Reader’s Digest]

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