Measles Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Infographic

Measles. More Than Just a Little Rash

Measles Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Infographic

Measles (Text Version)

More than just a little rash

Measles can be dangerous

Especially for babies and young children

[Graphic of hospital with four figures standing and one in a bed; text: About 1 out of 5 people who get measles will be hospitalized.]

Measles can lead to…

Pneumonia (a serious lung infection)

Brain Damage



Symptoms of Measles

[Illustration of young child with text and arrows pointing to various parts of the body]

Rash of Tiny Red Spots (Starts on Head)

Ear Infection

Red Eyes

Runny Nose



Measles is Highly Contagious

Here’s how it’s spread…

Coughing and Sneezing

[Illustration of two people facing each other; one is coughing and sneezing, spraying particles]

Lingering Germs (Can Linger In A Room Long After A Sick Person Has Left It!)

[Illustration of particles in air of room with floor lamp and night stand]

Measles Around the World

Measles circulates in many parts of the world and cases can be brought into the U.S. at any time.

[Graphic of an airplane flying around a globe]

Protect Your Child

The MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps and rubella. Doctors recommend that your child get 2 doses of MMR for best protection. Your child will need one dose at each of the following ages…

Dose #1 at 12 through 15 months

Dose #2 at 4 through 6 years

Infants 6 through 11 months should have 1 dose of MMR shot before traveling abroad.

Immunization. Power to Protect

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Page last reviewed: October 5, 2016