Measles outbreak

The CDC has recently confirmed 79 cases of measles in 10 states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington).

Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. It can spread to others through coughing and sneezing. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.  Measles vaccine is about 98% effective in protecting against the virus.

Children routinely receive the first measles vaccine after 12 months of age.  Measles remains common in many parts of the world, so if you plan to travel internationally please be sure your child is vaccinated.  The vaccine may be given early (6 months and older) for children who are at risk.  Read more information from the CDC here.