What is Measles?
- Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that can lead to serious illness especially in young children.
How is it spread?
- Measles is spread through airborne transmission (coughing and sneezing).
- Measles is very contagious. A person with measles can infect 9 out of 10 unprotected people around them.
- Protection from measles through immunization is very effective.
What are the symptoms?
- High fever.
- Cough, runny nose, red and watery eyes.
- Rash (tiny red spots) that starts on the head/face and spreads downward over the body.
Can it be prevented?
- Yes! The best way to protect yourself from measles virus is by getting the MMR vaccine.
- The MMR vaccine protects you from measles, mumps, and rubella.
- It is safe and effective.
- It is a live vaccine – some people (immunocompromised, pregnant) should not receive live vaccines, ask your doctor if you think you may fall into one of these groups.
- The vaccine is given in a 2-part series. CDC recommended schedule:
- 1st dose between 12 and 15 months
- 2nd dose between 4 and 6 years
- Teenagers and adults who do not know if they have been vaccinated should receive 2 doses separated by at least 28-days
Is the vaccine covered by PEHP?
- Yes! The vaccine is covered at either your pharmacy or your doctor’s office.
- Centers for Disease Control – cdc.gov