Measles Updates

Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is available at Jefferson County Public Health, doctor's offices and many retail pharmacies. People can check vaccinefinder.org to find a retail location. JCPH offers low to no cost MMR vaccines for adults, teens and children; we can also bill Medicaid and several major insurance companies.

5 Facts about Measles

  1. The national outbreak of measles is ongoing. From January 1 to June 6, 2019, 1,022 cases of measles have been confirmed in 28 states. Colorado has not yet been directly impacted by this outbreak as only one case has occurred here since January.
  2. Most measles cases this year have occurred in unvaccinated persons and are linked to travelers who brought measles back from other countries such as Israel, Ukraine and the Philippines.
  3. The best way to protect against measles is to get the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.
  4. Children and teens need two doses of the MMR vaccine for the best protection. Generally, the first dose is given between 12-15 months of age, and the second dose between 4-6 years of age. For infants 6-11 months old traveling abroad, it is recommended to get 1 dose of MMR prior to travel.
  5. Adults should be up-to-date with the MMR vaccination. In general, everyone born after 1957 needs at least one dose of the MMR vaccine.

What can you do?

  • CDC has answers to frequently asked questions about measles and the vaccine used to prevent it. If you have questions, that’s a good place to start. You can also call our clinic at 303-239-7078.
  • Check your immunization records and make sure you’re up-to-date on your vaccines.
  • Protect your child with the two doses of MMR vaccine and get vaccinated against measles before traveling internationally.
  • If you are sick with measles symptoms, contact a health care provider as soon as possible. Call your doctor’s office and tell them about your symptoms. To protect others, do not go inside a doctor’s office, urgent care or hospital unless instructed by your health care provider.

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