Measles Outbreak

Childhood Health and Wellness

Information from CDC

Information about measles: 

About measles cases and outbreaks

About the multi-state outbreak linked to an amusement park in California

Information for specific audiences (parents and caregivers, health care providers, travelers)

Educational materials:

Please check the CDC Measles Resources page to access articles, posters, buttons, and other materials to assist as you educate your colleagues, parents, and the public about measles and the MMR vaccine.

Sample messages to use on social media:

  • Measles is very contagious. 9 out of 10 people who aren’t protected against #measles will be infected if exposed. #GetVaccinated
  • Unsure if you’re protected against #measles? Talk w/ your Doc if you can’t find records of immunity.  Another MMR dose will not harm you.
  • Your best protection against #measles is MMR vaccine. It’s safe and effective. Make sure you’re up to date on MMR.
  • Parents should make sure their children are protected against measles with two doses of MMR vaccine – the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age.)|
  • Fact sheet about measles and MMR vaccine specifically for parents:
  • Frequently Asked Questions about measles and MMR vaccine:
  • Think #measles is just a little rash?  It can be very serious.
  • Kids need two doses of MMR vaccine for best #measles protection.
  • #Measles is very contagious & can be deadly, esp for babies & young kids. Is your child protected?
  • You have the power to protect your child from #measles: It isn’t just a little rash.
  • New CDC infographic: #Measles symptoms, possible health problems, & the vaccine that protects your child.

Guidance for Travelers

  • People 6 months of age and older who will be traveling internationally should be protected against measles.
  • Infants 6 through 11 months of age should receive one dose of MMR vaccine. Infants who get one dose of MMR vaccine before their first birthday should get two more doses (one dose at 12 through 15 months of age and another dose at least 28 days later).
  • Children 12 months of age and older should receive two doses of MMR vaccine, separated by at least 28 days.
  • Teenagers and adults who do not have evidence of immunity against measles should get two doses of MMR vaccine separated by at least 28 days: 
Developed by: HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention