There has been recent outbreak of measles in Los Angeles County, California, the U.S., and in other countries. There is a higher chance of being in contact with someone with measles and get the diseases. Measles is easy to spread to other people, but there is a vaccine (shot) to protect you from getting measles. Getting a vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect yourself. You can get the measles vaccine shot at many locations such as APHCV’s health centers, a Los Angeles County Public Health Clinic, or at your doctor’s office. These countries have seen large number of measles cases: ThailandPhilippines, India, Brazil, Ukraine, and Venezuela.

Important message: If you are not sure if you are protected, check your immunization records or call your provider. If you think you or a family member has measles, call to ask your doctor’s office before going in.

Call your provider if you have:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red, watery eyes
  • Rash

Common question: I had a shot (or two). Am I still protected?
Answer: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers you protected from measles if you have written documentation (records) showing at least one of the following:

  • You received two doses of measles-containing vaccine, and you are a(n) —
    • school-aged child (grades K-12)
    • adult who will be in a setting that poses a high risk for measles transmission, including students at post-high school education institutions, healthcare personnel, and international travelers.
  • You received one dose of measles-containing vaccine, and you are a(n) —
    • preschool-aged child
    • adult who will not be in a high-risk setting for measles transmission.
  • A laboratory confirmed that you had measles at some point in your life.
  • A laboratory confirmed that you are immune to measles.
  • You were born before 1957.


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Where you can get a measles shot if you do not have health insurance: