Health Topics

Measles

What You Need to Know

  • The majority of the people who got measles in the current U.S. outbreak were unvaccinated.
  • The recommendations and guidelines for MMR vaccination (Mumps, Measles and Rubella ) HAVE NOT changed.
  • Measles remains a common disease in many parts of the world including some countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Africa.
  • Measles can spread when it reaches a community in the U.S. where groups of people are unvaccinated. Travelers with measles continue to bring the disease into the U.S. from Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Africa.

Feeling Sick (Symptoms)

Measles is an acute viral illness. It begins with a fever, cough, runny nose and redness of eyes lasting 2-4 days before a rash starts on the face and spreads downward to cover most of the body. Measles can cause severe health complications.

Measles is one of the most contagious disease known.

Measles is a virus that is spread when an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes. The virus stays in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours after the infected person leaves the room.

Symptoms develop from 7 to 21 days after exposure.  Infected people can spread the disease from 4 days before the rash starts and up to 4 days afterward.

If you think you or your child may need the MMR vaccination, please call the East Central District Health Department at (402) 563-9656 to schedule an appointment.  Or contact a physician at (402) 562-7500.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • If you do not feel sick, you cannot spread the measles.
  • Two doses of the MMR vaccine gives protection for life against the measles, even if you had the vaccine as a child. It does not require a booster.