Get Vaccinated to Protect Against Measles

2015 Measles Outbreak in California

A measles outbreak was confirmed in California in January 2015. Below are the facts about measles and how you can protect your family.

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Put Measles on the SpotMeasles Facts

  • Measles is a highly infectious, airborne disease.
  • People can be infectious with measles for nine days.
  • Measles typically begins with fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes.
  • Within a few days a red rash appears, usually first on the face and then spreads downward to the rest of the body.

Vaccinations Are Safe & Protect Against Measles

Childhood vaccinations do not cause autism and all children should be vaccinated. California law allows some children to skip immunizations if a parent submits a personal beliefs exemption (PBE) or medical exemption (PME) at enrollment. Other children may be under-vaccinated on the “condition” they complete remaining vaccinations when due. These children remain under-vaccinated if there is no follow-up.

See vaccination requirements by age from the CDPH: Child Care/Preschool | Kindergarten | 7th Grade.

Back-to-School Vaccinations

School health clinics help keep your child's immunizations up to date.The California School Immunization Law requires that children receive a series of immunizations before entry to schools, child care centers, and family child care homes. The law also requires schools, child care centers, and family child care homes to enforce immunization requirements, maintain immunization records, and submit reports.

Targeted Vaccination Campaigns

In addition to required back to school vaccinations, immunization against other communicable diseases is also recommended for many children and youth. The following pages contain information on targeted vaccination.

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