What You Need to Know About Measles

Measles is a highly contagious virus that can spread through breathing, talking, coughing, and sneezing. Vaccination against measles typically occurs in early childhood, but in the event you or your loved one is unvaccinated, you should take extreme caution with this highly contagious virus. Below is important information on how you can protect yourself and your loved ones from measles.


How can I prevent measles?

The measles vaccine, known as the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine, is safe, effective and the best way to prevent you from getting measles, as well as preventing exposure to others.

The best ways to prevent measles include:

As recommended by the Centers for Disease Prevention (CDC), the first dose of the MMR vaccine should be received at 12 through 15 months of age, and the second dose should be received at 4 to 6 years of age.

If you have never received a dose of the MMR vaccine, talk to your ACCESS provider about receiving one during your next appointment. If you don’t know how many doses you have received, talk to your ACCESS provider about your options.


What are the symptoms of measles?

Measles symptoms appear 7 to 14 days after contact with the virus and typically include:

  • High fever
  • Runny nose
  • Red watery eyes
  • Koplik spots (tiny white spots inside the mouth)
  • Rash of red spots with some slightly raised (measles rash appears 3 to 5 days after the first symptoms)


What should I do if I have been exposed?

Schedule an appointment with your ACCESS provider as soon as you suspect exposure, or if you are experiencing symptoms.

Other things to consider when protecting yourself from measles:

  • Wear a mask
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Do not share drinks or utensils with others
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces to prevent contamination


How We Can Help

If you suspect measles exposure or are currently experiencing symptoms, make an appointment with your ACCESS provider today. Make sure to notify our team ahead of your appointment so that we can take the right measures to protect you, our staff, and fellow patients.

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April 11, 2024