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Measles is considered the most deadly of all childhood rash/fever illnesses. Measles can have serious complications, such as ear infections, pneumonia, swelling of the brain and miscarriage in pregnant women.

Symptoms may include:

  • Cough
  • High fever
  • Rash
  • Red watery eyes
  • Runny nose

If you have symptoms and/or could have been exposed to the disease, please call your doctor immediately.

If you received the measles vaccine between 1963 and 1968, speak with your doctor about getting revaccinated.

Booster vaccines are not necessary for those who received two doses of the measles vaccine as children. According to the United States vaccination schedule, these people are protected for life and do not need a booster dose.

If you’re unsure whether you’re immune to measles, you should first try to find your vaccine records or documentation of measles immunity. If you do not have written documentation of measles immunity, you should get vaccinated with the MMR vaccine.

Another option is to have a doctor test your blood to determine whether you’re immune, but this option will take two doctor’s visits. There is no harm in getting another dose of MMR vaccine if you may already be immune to measles (or mumps or rubella).

Not sure if you are fully vaccinated? Talk with your doctor.