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Measles has been in the news a lot lately and seems to be making a comeback of sorts in the United States. From January 1 to February 21, 2019, 159 people from 10 states – including Georgia – have been reported as having measles. Measles is highly contagious and can be very dangerous, especially for young children. Getting the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is the best way to prevent measles and, as you know, being vaccinated against measles is an immunization requirement for childcare and school attendance in the state of Georgia. The MMR vaccine is both safe and effective and it is recommended that children receive two doses: the first at 12-15 months of age and the second at a 4-6 years of age.

Measles Symptoms

More information on measles can be found on our Coastal Health District website,, and on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website,

Keeping our children safe and free from illness is a priority we both share.

Measles fact sheet in both English and Spanish.

Measles symptoms flyer.