What Parents Should Know About Measles

What Parents Should Know About Measles
Posted on 02/06/2019
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What Parents Should Know About Measles

A Message From Central District Health Department

Measles spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and is so contagious that if one person has it, 9 out of 10 people around him or her will also become infected if they are not protected.

How can I protect my child against measles?

Measles can be a serious illness. For maximum protection against measles, school-aged children should have received two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. If you are unsure about your child’s immunization status, please check with your health care provider who, in many cases, can look up your child’s immunization record. Consider also reviewing your own immunization status and that of others in your household.

The MMR vaccine is both safe and effective. Two doses offer 97% protection for your child’s lifetime. Central District Health Department provides vaccines for children through age 18. In Ada County, call 208-327-7400 to make an immunizations appointment.

Measles Symptoms

Symptoms generally appear about 7 to 14 days after a person is infected. Some of the more common symptoms include:

  • High fever
  • Cough
  • Rash – starts at the head and spreads to the rest of the body
  • Runny nose
  • Red eyes

Two or three days after symptoms begin, tiny white spots (Koplik spots) may appear inside the mouth.

If you suspect you or anyone in your family may have measles, please call your health care provider in advance to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room, unless someone is experiencing a medical emergency.

Additional Resources
Top 4 Things Parents Need to Know about Measles (CDC)
Measles Signs & Symptoms, Transmission, FAQs (CDC)
Educational Resources for Parents and Childcare Providers (CDC)
Central District Health Department – Measles Webpage

Immunization Requirements