Measles – What You Should Know

At this time, there is not a measles outbreak in our area. We will update this page with instructions if the situation changes.

Please call our office immediately if you live in zip codes 21208, 21209 or 21215 and are concerned you may have had contact with someone with measles.

**If you are concerned that your child has been exposed to measles, call our office immediately for further instructions. Measles is extremely contagious. For the safety of all patients, please DO NOT come into our offices before speaking with us.

  • Besides the notice for the zip codes above, parents and providers do not need to do anything differently — just continue to immunize appropriately.
  • If your child has had a 12 month checkup at our office, they were given the first dose of the measles vaccination (MMR). If they have had their 4 year old checkup, they were given the second dose of the measles vaccination.
  • Around 95% of children make an effective response to the first vaccination dose and nearly ALL children respond to the second vaccination dose.

What can you do to protect your children who are too young to receive the vaccination?

  • Wash your hands! Just as you would to prevent germs at any time, use soap and water and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Remind others in your home or anyone who is near your baby to do the same.
  • Limit your baby’s exposure to crowds, other children, and anyone with colds.
  • Disinfect objects and surfaces in your home regularly.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled Protecting Your Baby from a Measles Outbreak FAQ’s. We recommend this page, as well as the resources below for information about the measles.

CDC Measles Resources:

CDC – Frequently Asked Questions about Measles in the U.S.

CDC – Signs and Symptoms

**If you are concerned that your child has been exposed to measles, call our office immediately for further instructions. Measles is extremely contagious. For the safety of all patients, please DO NOT come into our offices before speaking with us.

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