HOW CAN I PREVENT CONTRACTING THIS DISEASE?
Currently there is a vaccine to prevent Measles. The vaccine is the combination MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine. The first dose is recommended to children 12 to 15 months and a second dose at 4 to 6 years. 90% of people that get close to a person that has Measles who are not vaccinated will contract the virus.
If you are traveling, you can help prevent the spread of disease by:
- Covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing and washing your hands afterwards.
- Not touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with dirty hands.
- Avoiding close contact with sick people.
- Being up-to-date on all immunization shots and getting any additional shots 4 to 6 weeks before traveling.