Measles Exposure in Maryland
Measles is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable viral infection. Cases of measles have recently been identified in Maryland, and have been localized to a small geographic area within zip codes 21208, 21209 and 21215.
What is an Outbreak?
According to the CDC, an outbreak is defined as 3 or more cases. Outbreaks are currently ongoing in United States jurisdictions. Click here to learn more about measles outbreaks.
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MMR Vaccination: What Should You Know?
CDC recommends that people get Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (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.
Measles remains a common disease in many parts of the world, including areas in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa. Worldwide, 19 cases of measles per 1 million persons are reported each year; about 89,780 die. In the United States, most of the measles cases result from international travel. The disease is brought into the United States by unvaccinated people who get infected in other countries. They spread measles to others, which can cause outbreaks.
Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of getting infected when they travel internationally.
Make sure you are protected against measles before international travel. Lean more about travel here.
Top 4 Things Parents Need to Know About Measles
You may be hearing a lot about measles lately. And all of this news on TV, social media, Internet, newspapers and magazines may leave you wondering what you as a parent really need to know about this disease. CDC has put together a list of the most important facts about measles for parents like you.