EVERYONE IS ENCOURAGED TO RECEIVE THE MEASLES VACCINATION
California is among 22 states in the U.S. experiencing a Measles outbreak
California is among 22 states in the U.S. experiencing an outbreak of the
measles, a vaccine-preventable disease. Everyone is encouraged to receive
the measles vaccination to reduce the risk of developing this highly-contagious disease.
The Centers for Disease Control and Infection (CDC) recommends that people get
MMR vaccine to protect against measles, mumps, and rubella. Children should get two
doses of MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 to 15 months
of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age. Teens and adults
also should also be up to date on their MMR vaccination. Children may also get
MMRV vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox).
This vaccine is only licensed for use in children who are 12 months through
12 years of age.
Though measles is most deadly for babies under a year old, children younger
than 5 and adults older than 20 are more likely to suffer from other serious
complications, such as pneumonia, brain swelling and ear infections that
can lead to permanent hearing loss.
If you need to schedule an appointment for a measles vaccine, call Redlands
Community Hospital at
909-335-5500 or visit:
The Centers for Disease Control:
California Department of Public Health: