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Measles - Prevention

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Published on February 05, 2019. Last modified on February 05, 2019

Measles Travel Infograph (CDC)The measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR) is the best way to protect against getting measles. Children should be given the first dose of MMR vaccine soon after the first birthday (12 to 15 months of age). The second dose is recommended before the start of the kindergarten. Adults at increased risk of getting measles — college students, international travelers and healthcare workers — should make sure they have been vaccinated against measles.  If you are planning a trip to Europe, Asia, Africa, or the Pacific, please make sure you are vaccinated against measles before you travel. It takes a few weeks to build up immunity against measles after being vaccinated. Don’t wait until the last minute to get vaccinated!