Vaccinations Prevent Illnesses
The best way to protect against measles is to get the measles-mumps-rubella shot (called the MMR shot). Doctors recommend that your child get 2 doses of the MMR shot for best protection. Your child will need one dose at each of the following ages: • 12 through 15 months • 4 through 6 years Infants 6 months to 11 months old should have 1 dose of MMR shot before traveling to another country. Every year, unvaccinated U.S. residents get measles while they are abroad and bring the disease into the United States and spread it to others. When people with measles travel into the United States, they can spread the disease to unvaccinated people including children too young to be vaccinated.