Who is at risk for measles?
Anyone who has not received 2 doses of measles-containing vaccine is at risk for measles. While the United States does not have ongoing transmission of measles, measles remains a problem in many other parts of the world, including areas regularly visited for business and pleasure (including many parts of Europe). Everyone should have 2 doses of measles containing vaccine (usually MMR, the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine).

People traveling outside the United States should verify their vaccination histories. Children under the age of 5, adults over the age of twenty, and people with weakened immune systems are at increased risk for complications associated with measles.

Pregnant women who contract measles are at an increased risk for pregnancy-related complications, such as miscarriage, premature delivery, and low-birth-weight in the infant.

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1. What is measles?
2. What are the symptoms of measles?
3. How is measles spread?
4. Who is at risk for measles?
5. How do I know if I have measles?
6. How is measles treated?
7. How can measles be prevented?