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  • The best way to prevent measles is to get vaccinated with a measles containing vaccine. To view the childhood immunization schedule visit CDC’s Immunization Schedules.
  • It is recommended that measles vaccine is given at 12 months and 4 years of age. Usually it is combined with the mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR). These two doses of vaccine are very effective at preventing measles infection throughout life.
  • Measles vaccine is required for entry into Iowa public and private schools, as well as licensed child care centers and preschools. Following the Iowa requirements on immunization greatly reduces the risk of children catching measles.
  • A person is thought to have measles will usually be isolated (kept away from other people or public places) for a period of time. Those people who have been exposed to measles and are thought may get sick may be quarantined (kept away from other people until laboratory testing confirms the absence of disease or symptoms fail to present).

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