The elimination of measles in the United States in 2000 is one of public
health’s most celebrated success stories. But as recent outbreaks have revealed, there is still
reason to be concerned about measles.
Make sure your child is
protected from the measles. You can protect your child against measles with a
combination vaccine that provides protection against three diseases: measles,
mumps, and rubella (MMR). The MMR vaccine is proven to be very safe and
effective. Some adults need measles vaccine too.
Measles Vaccination: Who Needs It?
Measles spreads easily through the air when an infected person coughs or
sneezes. It is so contagious that if one person has it, 9 out of 10 of the
people around him or her will also become infected if they are not protected.
Pockets of unvaccinated communities are especially at risk for large
While most people in this country are protected against measles through
vaccination, the current outbreak highlightsthe importance of vaccination, as the majority of
the adults and children in the outbreak reportedly either did not get vaccinated
or did not know whether they had been vaccinated. One thing we are most certain
of, the measles vaccine is safe and very effective. Two doses of measles vaccine
are 97% effective, and even one dose is 93% effective. Where Can I Get Vaccinated?
If you are unsure of your vaccination status, talk with your doctor. By
making sure everyone is protected against measles, we can help prevent measles
from getting a foothold in this country again.