Measles Alert

On February 4, 2019, Harris County Public Health confirmed three measles cases. Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself and your family.

About Measles

Measles is a highly contagious, airborne virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. Measles can spread to others through coughing and sneezing. 

Measles can be serious:

  • 1 out of 4 people who get measles will be hospitalized.
  • 1 out of every 1,000 people 
  • with measles will develop
    brain swelling due to infection (encephalitis), which may lead to brain damage.
  • 1 or 2 out of 1,000 people with measles will die, even with the best care.

Source: CDC

Protecting Your Child and Yourself

You have the power to protect your child against measles by making sure they are vaccinated. For measles, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children get two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine for full protection.

  • The first dose at 12 through 15 months
  • The second dose at 4 through 6 years

Adults may need a measles booster and should speak to their healthcare provider if they have any questions or concerns.

If anyone shows signs and symptoms of measles, we encourage you to contact your health care provider immediately. 

When Should I Get a Vaccine?

Protect yourself and family from preventable diseases with a vaccine. Vaccines are a safe and effective way to stay healthy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a recommended vaccination schedule for preventable diseases, such as:

For a full schedule of CDC recommended vaccines, please visit The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

Visit the Vaccines & Immunizations page on CDC’s website to learn more about vaccines and vaccine safety.