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Measles


Measles is a very contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. Disease can be prevented by vaccination. The presence of disease is very rare in parts of the world where vaccination rates are high. Measles remains a common disease in parts of Europe, Asia and Africa. Measles disease is rare in the United States but still occurs in visitors from other countries and U.S. citizens traveling abroad who become infected before or during travel and spread the infection to unvaccinated or unprotected persons.

It is important for everyone to take steps to protect themselves, their families and their community.

Measles Prevention Tips

  1. The best tool for prevention of measles disease is vaccination.
    Find out where to get vaccinated.
  2. Before traveling internationally make sure you are up-to-date on all measles vaccinations.
    Find out where to get travel vaccinations.
    Visiting Another Country? Protect Your Family. Think Measles. English (CDPH) | Spanish (MDH)


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