PROTECTION AGAINST MEASLES
You are considered protected from measles if you have written documentation (records) showing:
- You received two doses of measles-containing vaccine.
- A blood test confirmed that you had measles at some point in your life.
- A blood test confirmed that you are immune to measles.
- You were born before 1957.
If you’re unsure whether you’re immune to measles, you should first try to find your vaccination records. If you do not have written documentation of your vaccination records, contact your Healthcare Provider to obtain your vaccination records. If you are not vaccinated against measles, you should get vaccinated with measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.
Another option is to have a doctor test your blood to determine whether you’re immune. But this option is likely to cost more and will take two doctor’s visits. There is no harm in getting another dose of MMR vaccine if you may already be immune to measles (or mumps or rubella).
Not if you have received two doses of measles vaccine. CDC considers people who received two doses of measles vaccine as children according to the U.S. vaccination schedule protected for life, and they do not ever need a booster dose
If you’re not sure whether you are fully vaccinated, talk with your doctor.
- Your healthcare provider.
- Some Urgent Care Walk-In Clinics may carry vaccines. Call to confirm.
- For individuals who do not have medical insurance, contact our Immunizations Information Line: (530) 666-8552
For more information on vaccines, visit our immunization page.
EXPOSURE TO MEASLES
If you know you have been exposed to someone with measles,contact your healthcare provider right away and let them know that you have been exposed to someone who has measles. Your healthcare provider can:
- Determine if you are immune to measles based on your vaccination record, age, or laboratory evidence, and
- Make special arrangements to evaluate you, if needed, without putting other patients and medical office staff at risk.
If you are not immune to measles, MMR vaccine or, for persons at high risk for measles complications, a medicine called immune globulin may help reduce your risk of developing measles. Your doctor can help to advise you and monitor you for signs and symptoms of measles.
If you do not get MMR or immune globulin, you should stay away from settings where there are susceptible people (such as schools, hospitals, or childcare facilities) until your doctor says it’s okay to return. This will help ensure that you do not spread measles to others.