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Measles Vaccination

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Measles vaccination

Measles is the most deadly of all childhood rash/fever illnesses. The disease spreads very easily, so it is important to protect against infection. To prevent measles, children (and some adults) should be vaccinated with the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Two doses of this vaccine are needed for complete protection. Children should be given the first dose of MMR vaccine at 12 to 15 months of age. The second dose can be given 4 weeks later, but is usually given before the start of kindergarten at 4 to 6 years of age.

What You Should Know

About the Disease

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Vaccine Information

Measles can be prevented by the combination vaccine: MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella). In 2005, a combination MMRV (measles-mumps-rubella-varicella) vaccine was licensed.

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Beliefs & Concerns

Autism Theory

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Vaccine Safety

As with all vaccines, there can be minor reactions, including pain and redness at the injection site, headache, fatigue or a vague feeling of discomfort.

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Who Should Not Be Vaccinated?

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For Health Professionals

Clinical Information

  • Ask the Experts
    CDC experts (medial officers, medical epidemiologists, etc.) answer your questions on the Immunization Action Coalition website

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Vaccine Recommendations

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References and Resources

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Provider Education

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Materials for Patients

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For the Media

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