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 get MMR doses at 12-15 months and at 4-6 years of age; the second MMR may be given as soon as a month after the first dose.
  • An early dose of MMR is recommended for children 6-12 months of age who will be traveling internationally or where outbreaks are occurring.
  • Adults who have not had measles or a measles vaccine should receive one dose of MMR vaccine, particularly if they were born in 1957 or later.
  • Students (including college students), health care workers, and international travelers need to have received two doses of MMR vaccine, if they have not, they should get vaccinated.
  • Talk to your health care provider if you have questions about what vaccines you or your child needs.
  • 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 Friday, January 30, 2015 at 01:16PM