know measles

Health Alert

PeaceHealth wants to make sure our communities are well-informed about measles.

Educate Yourself   

Measles is highly contagious. It can be extremely dangerous and sometimes fatal in high-risk people, like infants who are not yet old enough to receive the vaccine or others with compromised immune systems. Measles was declared eliminated (absence of continuous disease transmission for greater than 12 months) from the United States in 2000.

Prevent Measles

Measles is a preventable disease, and the best protection against measles is the MMR vaccination, which is safe and effective.

Two doses of MMR vaccine are about 97% effective at preventing measles; one dose is about 93% effective.

Protect Your Family

The virus travels through the air and can remain in a room where a person with measles has been for up to two hours. If other people breathe the contaminated air or touch a contaminated surface, then touch their eyes, noses or mouths, they can become infected. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 percent of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.

To help protect your family, stay up-to-date on the latest news about measles.

 

Treatment Information

If you or your child are unvaccinated and believe you were exposed to the virus, or are experiencing symptoms, fever plus rash, and cough, runny nose, or red eyes, please call your health care provider BEFORE visiting their medical office. This allows caregivers to develop a care plan for you that does not increase risk to others.