Measles (Rubeola)

Measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus and is no longer common in the U.S. It is still common in many other countries, and may be brought into the U.S. by unvaccinated travelers. Keeping our measles immunization levels high is critical to preventing measles outbreaks.

  • Children should get their first dose of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine at 12 months old or later. The second dose of MMR is usually given between four and six years of age, but may be given as soon as a month after the first dose.
  • Students (including college students), health care workers, and international travelers should receive two doses of MMR vaccine.
  • An early dose of MMR is recommended for children 6-12 months of age who will be traveling internationally to areas where measles is endemic (particularly Kenya, Africa) or where outbreaks are occurring (including Europe).
  • Measles Basics
    General information about measles, including symptoms, complications, vaccines, tests, and treatment.
  • Think Measles
    A letter-size poster available in 9 languages with a reminder to get vaccinated for measles before international travel.

Updated Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 02:32PM