My baby is under 12 months old. What should I do since they are too young for the MMR vaccine?

Children who can't get the vaccine because they haven't turned 1 year old are protected when everyone around them is vaccinated against measles. They depend on “community immunity”. You can protect your baby by checking that everyone they come in contact with is vaccinated: family, daycare workers, friends, community.

Because there are currently no reported measles cases in infants in the current Washington State outbreak, we are not recommending an early dose of MMR for infants at this time.

Babies age 6 to 12 months should receive MMR vaccine if they are traveling to areas of the world where there are epidemics of measles. The current number of cases in Washington State is very concerning, but at this time the Health Department is not recommending that babies under 12 months get a vaccine for local travel.

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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)?