Measles – What You Should Know
- 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:
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, do not come into our offices before speaking with us.