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Measles and Adolescents

Measles is a highly infectious respiratory disease that can result in severe, sometimes permanent, complications including pneumonia, seizures (jerking and staring), brain damage, and death. It it highly contagious and spreads easily by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing. In fact, if a person has measles, 9 out of 10 of his or her close contacts will get it too, unless they are protected. Symptoms include rash, cough, runny nose, eye irritation, and fever.

Adolescent Vaccination Recommendation: Adolescents who were not previously vaccinated should get two doses of the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine (with at least 28 days between doses); those who only received one dose previously should get the second dose.