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How to Prevent Measles

Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent measles. The vaccine contains live viruses that can no longer cause disease.

The vaccine is usually given as part of a combination called MMR. It includes measles, Mumps , and Rubella. It is given vaccination twice:

  • 12-15 months
  • 4-6 years (or at 11-12 years)

In some cases, the vaccine is given within three days after exposure. This can prevent or reduce symptoms. Immune globulin is given to certain unvaccinated people within six days of exposure. This is usually for infants and pregnant women.

Ask your doctor if the vaccine is right for you. In general, avoid the vaccine if you:

  • Have had severe allergic reactions to vaccines or vaccine components
  • Are pregnant-Avoid pregnancy for 1-3 months after receiving the vaccine.
  • Have a weakened immune system
  • Have a high fever or severe upper respiratory tract infection

If you are not vaccinated, avoid contact with someone who has measles.


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