Measles, mumps and rubella

Measles, mumps and rubella are contagious viruses that can lead to serious illness. Although the diseases are rare in the U.S. they are still common in other parts of the world. Outbreaks occur when travelers who have not been vaccinated against a virus get the disease and bring it to the U.S. where it spreads to others who are not protected. The best protection against these viruses is the MMR vaccine.

  • The CDC recommends children get two doses of MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at age 12 months to 15 months, and the second dose at age four to six. Colorado requires children have the MMR vaccine to enter childcare or school.
     
  • Children ages 1 through 12 years can get the MMRV vaccine, which is a combination vaccine. The MMRV vaccine protects against measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox. Your child’s doctor can recommend the vaccine that’s right for your child.
     
  • Teens and adults should also be up to date on MMR vaccination. In general, everyone age 18 and older born after 1956 (who has not had measles/mumps/rubella) needs at least one dose of the vaccine. It is especially important to have the measles vaccine if you plan to travel internationally. Not sure if you should be vaccinated? See Frequently Asked Questions about measles/MMR.

To make an appointment for MMR immunization or to speak to a Public Health nurse, call 970-879-1632 in Steamboat Springs or 970-824-8233 in Craig. Please bring your insurance card. Low-cost vaccines are available to individuals who don't have insurance.

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