Measles is a serious respiratory disease that causes a rash and fever. It is very contagious. In the U.S., several states are seeing more measles cases than usual.
The best way to prevent measles is to get vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend 2 doses of the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine to be protected. Lorain County Public Health offers the MMR vaccine. Find a vaccine clinic here or call to make an appointment, 440-284-3206. Walk-ins are also accepted weekdays between 8:30 am-3:30 pm at 9880 Murray Ridge Rd., Elyria.
What you can do to prevent measles from spreading:
- Confirm that you have received 2 doses of the MMR vaccine, especially if you plan on traveling internationally
- Wash your hands often
- Watch for signs and symptoms of measles, which include: fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis (red eyes) and/or runny nose. Symptoms usually appear in 10-12 days after exposure but may take as long as 21 days to appear. If you have these symptoms, contact your healthcare provider.