What if someone in my family might have measles?

Call your doctor, nurse or clinic right away. Before you go to the provider’s office, call to tell them that you or your family member might have measles. They will make special arrangements before your office visit to make sure that you don’t expose other people to the measles virus.

A doctor can diagnose measles with a physical exam and lab tests. Measles is so rare in the United States that many doctors have never seen the disease. Since many viruses can cause a rash, lab tests are essential.

Try to stay at home and avoid having visitors until you’ve talked with your healthcare provider to determine that it is not measles.

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1. What should I do if I’m not sure whether or not I’m immune to measles?
2. Who is at risk of getting measles?
3. How long is a person with measles contagious?
4. What if someone in my family might have measles?
5. Isn’t measles rare in the US?
6. How does measles spread?
7. How is measles treated?
8. How is measles prevented?
9. Where can I get more information about measles?
10. What is the measles vaccine?
11. Who should get the measles vaccine (MMR vaccine)?
12. Where can I get the measles vaccine?
13. How do I pay for the measles vaccine?
14. Could I still get measles if I’ve been fully vaccinated?
15. Do I need a booster vaccine?
16. Is the measles vaccine safe?
17. Can you get measles from someone who has recently been vaccinated?
18. How soon can a new baby get vaccinated against measles?
19. My baby is under 12 months old. What should I do since they are too young for the MMR vaccine?
20. Should pregnant women get the measles vaccine (MMR)?
21. My family member has a weakened immune system. What should we do to make sure they are protected?
22. I’m traveling to another country. Do I need to get the measles vaccine (MMR)?