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Measles Outbreak Alert

How to Protect Your Family

The U.S. is now having its largest measles outbreak in 27 years. San Mateo County is one of the most at-risk places for measles in the U.S. That is because San Francisco International Airport is in the county. Travelers can bring measles back with them from other countries. Foreign visitors can also bring measles to the U.S.

Measles can make you and your children very sick. Children under five years old are in the most danger. About one out of five people who get measles are hospitalized. Some people even die from measles. 

Take these four steps to protect your family’s health 

  1. Get vaccinated Anyone who has not had measles shots is in danger of getting sick. Ask your doctor if your and your children’s shots are up-to-date. If not, get the shots so you don’t get measles. Your child needs two doses best given at:
    • 12 to 15 months of age and
    • 4 to 6 years old
  2. Watch for signs of measles The main signs are high fever, cough and rash. The rash may include spots in the mouth. It usually starts on the face and spreads down the body.
  3. Vaccinate or check with your doctor before you travel Measles is much more common in Europe, Asia and Africa. Protect your health so you don't bring measles back with you.
  4. Learn more about measles Visit the Centers for Disease Control website.