Are You Protected Against Measles?


The United States is currently experiencing the greatest number of reported cases of measles, also known as Rubeola, since the disease was eliminated in 2000. Women of reproductive age and those contemplating pregnancy should have a blood test to confirm they have immunity prior to pregnancy and receive the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine if they are non-immune.

The CDC considers you protected from measles if you have written documentation (records) showing at least one of the following:

1. You received two doses of measles-containing vaccine, and you are:

  • A school-aged child (grades K-12)
  • An adult who will be in a setting that poses a high risk for measles transmission, including college students, healthcare personnel, and international travelers.

2.You received one dose of measles-containing vaccine, and you are:

  • A preschool-aged child
  • An adult who will not be in a high-risk setting for measles transmission.

3. A laboratory confirmed that you had measles at some point in your life.

4. A laboratory confirmed that you are immune to measles.

5. You were born before 1957.

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