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Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
Vaccine-Preventable Diseases


Measles is a serious disease caused by a virus.
Measles is spread person-to-person through the air.
Measles can cause pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, and even death.
The measles virus is very contagious, so when one person gets infected, it's easy for the disease to spread. Measles is still common around the world. There have been many recent measles outbreaks due to infected people bringing the disease into the United States from other countries.
Vaccination is the best way to prevent measles.
Measles Vaccine Schedule
All children should get 2 doses of MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine starting at age 12 months. Some teens and adults may also need MMR vaccine if they didn't get 2 doses when they were younger.
Trusted Websites
Measles (Rubeola)
Find fact sheets for parents, adults, and teens, as well as multimedia resources, and more
A Look at Each Vaccine: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
A Look at Each Vaccine: Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine
Questions and answers about the disease and vaccines
A movement to protect children worldwide by providing life-saving vaccine where they are most needed
The Measles & Rubella Initiative
This initiative has saved lives by supporting the vaccination of more than 2.9 billion children in more than 88 countries.
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Video Library
Video: Measles: Rachel's story
Measles - Rachel's Story: Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can cause fever, coughing and distinctive red-brown spots on the skin. Rachelís daughter Lola contracted measles at the age of three. In this UK National Health Service (NHS) video, Rachel describes Lola's symptoms, how she was finally diagnosed with measles and the treatments she received.
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Personal Testimonies
Stories of suffering and loss from measles
Measles: A Dangerous Illness
Measles Not Worth the Risk
Open Letter to Parents
The Problem
Schoolboy, 13, Dies as Measles Makes a Comeback
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More Measles Information
Measles: Questions and Answers (IAC)
Measles: Questions and Answers (IAC)
Measles disease and vaccine information
Clear Answers & Smart Advice About Your Babyís Shots
Clear Answers and Smart Advice About Your Baby's Shots (IAC)
By Ari Brown, MD, FAAP
Visiting Another Country? Protect Your Family. Think Measles
Visiting Another Country? Protect Your Family. Think Measles (CDPH)
Important information about measles vaccination before you travel
Vaccine (Shot) for Measles
Vaccine (Shot) for Measles (CDC)
Frequently asked questions
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Measles Photos
Some of the images are quite graphic
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This page was updated on December 10, 2021.
This page was reviewed on April 28, 2021.
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