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
- The best tool for prevention of measles disease is vaccination.
Find out where to get vaccinated.
- 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)
- Fact Sheet | Spanish
- Attention: You Could Have Measles Flyer English | Spanish (CDPH)
- School Immunization Levels in Contra Costa County
Letter to Parents about Measles - January 2015
The best tool for prevention of measles is vaccination. Two shots of MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine are recommended routinely for children. The first shot should be given around a child’s first birthday, between 12-15 months. The second shot should be given to children around 4-6 years old or before school entry.
The best place to get vaccinated is at your regular health care provider or clinic. Other locations are provided in Contra Costa to receive measles vaccine.
- Find out where to get vaccinated.
Information about measles vaccines - Vaccine Information Statements (CDC):
- Personal Stories of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (ShotByShot.org)
- Public Health Director Stresses the Important of Measles Vaccination (CDPH) – Press Release - Feb 21, 2014
- Measles Still Threatens Health Security (CDC) – Press Release – Dec 5, 2013
- Remember your vacation vaccination! – Healthy Outlook – Aug 1, 2012
- Measles Rising in California (CDPH) – Press Release – May 13, 2011