Who should get the measles vaccine (MMR vaccine)?

Children should get two doses of MMR: the first at 12-15 months of age and the second when they are 4-6 years old. Children need the second dose before starting school, but they can get the second dose as soon as 4 weeks after the first dose.

For adults:

  • All adults born after 1956 should have at least one dose of MMR vaccine.
  • Adults born before 1957 do not need an MMR vaccine unless they are healthcare workers, college students, or plan to travel to another country.
  • Healthcare workers, college students, and people who plan to travel to another country should have two doses of MMR, even if they are born before 1957.
  • Women who are planning to get pregnant and haven’t had the MMR vaccine should get it at least a month before trying to become pregnant.

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1. What should I do if I’m not sure whether or not I’m immune to measles?
2. Who is at risk of getting measles?
3. How long is a person with measles contagious?
4. What if someone in my family might have measles?
5. Isn’t measles rare in the US?
6. How does measles spread?
7. How is measles treated?
8. How is measles prevented?
9. Where can I get more information about measles?
10. What is the measles vaccine?
11. Who should get the measles vaccine (MMR vaccine)?
12. Where can I get the measles vaccine?
13. How do I pay for the measles vaccine?
14. Could I still get measles if I’ve been fully vaccinated?
15. Do I need a booster vaccine?
16. Is the measles vaccine safe?
17. Can you get measles from someone who has recently been vaccinated?
18. How soon can a new baby get vaccinated against measles?
19. My baby is under 12 months old. What should I do since they are too young for the MMR vaccine?
20. Should pregnant women get the measles vaccine (MMR)?
21. My family member has a weakened immune system. What should we do to make sure they are protected?
22. I’m traveling to another country. Do I need to get the measles vaccine (MMR)?