Information About Measles Prevention

Posted on 5/3/2019 11:13:14 AM

The United States is currently experiencing an outbreak of measles. Measles is a very contagious virus and is spread through the air. Symptoms include a fever, runny nose, cough, loss of appetite, pink eye, and rash.

Measles can be prevented through vaccination called the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccination. The vaccine is usually given to young children, but any unvaccinated adolescent or adult who is not immune should also be vaccinated. Adults born in or after 1957 and children 12 months or older should have two documented doses of MMR or blood testing to prove immunity to measles.

If you have questions about your immunity, you can call your primary care physician or contact the IUP Health Service. More information on measles can be found on the CDC website.