Recent measles outbreak in Washington
During times of an outbreak, many people want to know if they need to get a measles vaccine, even if they've already had one. Here's some information to help you understand if you or your family needs the vaccine.
For measles, a combination vaccine is given to protect against measles, mumps, and rubella (called MMR vaccine).
Most people will not need to get another dose of MMR vaccine.
People who do not need MMR vaccine include:
- People born before 1957
- People born during or after 1957 if they know they’ve either received MMR vaccine or had lab tests to show immunity to measles. This includes:
- Children current with the routine MMR schedule (received first dose at 12 months, followed by second dose at 4-6 years). No need to give the second dose early.
- Adults at high risk if they have proof that they received 2 doses of MMR vaccine. High-risk groups include:
- Students in college or university settings
- Healthcare workers
- International travelers
- All other adults who have proof they received one dose of MMR vaccine
People who do need MMR vaccine include:
- Children who are not current with the routine MMR vaccination schedule (received first dose at 12 months, followed by second dose at 4-6 years)
- Adults who are not in high-risk groups listed above
For more information about the measles outbreak, read Measles Outbreak 2019 on the Washington State Department of Health website.