Measles Outbreak and Vaccination Information
NOTE: People exposed to measles who have not been vaccinated almost always get measles
Measles is one of the most contagious diseases known. It is a virus that mainly spreads by direct contact with airborne respiratory droplets. For example, if someone who is contagious coughs or sneezes near someone who is susceptible, the susceptible person is very likely to get measles. You can catch measles just by being in a room where a person with measles has been—even if the person is gone!
The symptoms of measles generally appear about seven to 14 days after a person is infected.
Measles typically begins with:
• high fever
• runny nose
• red, watery eyes
Two or three days after symptoms begin, tiny white spots (Koplik spots) may appear inside the mouth.
Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash breaks out. It usually begins as flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet. Small raised bumps may also appear on top of the flat red spots. The spots may become joined together as they spread from the head to the rest of the body. When the rash appears, a person’s fever may spike to more than 104° Fahrenheit.
After a few days, the fever subsides and the rash fades.
All reputable studies have found no link between MMR vaccine and autism.
Sellwood is our home and a wonderful place to grow up. To protect our children and our neighbors children we are advising that ALL our age appropriate patients (One year and up) receive a dose of MMR, and we are recommending a second dose for those over the age of 4 years unless unable to do so due to medical concerns.