Measles is a serious respiratory disease. It spreads when a sick person coughs or sneezes. The measles virus can stay in a room for up to two hours. Recently, new cases of measles were found in New York State.
Symptoms can include:
- High fever
- Runny nose
- Red, watery eyes
In some cases, it can lead to death.
Measles Can Be Prevented
To get protection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone should have the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
Two doses of the MMR vaccine give full protection. The first dose should be given at 12-15 months of age, and the second one at 4-6 years of age.
If you don’t know whether your (or your child’s) MMR vaccine is up to date, please contact your primary care provider (PCP) right away.
If you haven’t had your MMR vaccine, get it soon. You can get the MMR vaccine from: