What is Measles? Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and a sore throat; these symptoms are followed by a rash that spreads all over the body. About 3 out of 10 people who get the measles will develop one or more complications, including pneumonia, ear infections, or diarrhea.
Is Measles a Concern for the United States? Yes Since Measles is still common in many countries, this disease will continue to be brought to the US. Throughout the US, there are communities with pockets of unvaccinated people who are vulnerable to Measles outbreaks. People who get Measles put others at risk who are not vaccinated.
How Do I know if I am Immune to Measles? Acceptable evidence of immunity includes at least one of the following:
IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF YOUR MEASLES IMMUNITY STATUS PLEASE CALL THE SHCC TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
Information provided by the CDC and AK Section of Epidemiology, 2015
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