Isn’t measles rare in the US?

Before the measles vaccine, measles caused about 400 deaths in the United States each year. Most people in the U.S. are now vaccinated against measles, or if they were born before 1957 they have natural immunity.

Outbreaks do happen though. Most cases of measles in the U.S. are linked to travel to other countries –  for example, someone from the U.S. who has traveled outside the country can bring the virus back with them. When unvaccinated people are exposed, measles spreads very quickly. As the percentage of people who are fully vaccinated against measles declines, cases of measles become less rare.

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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)?