How does measles spread?

Measles is very contagious and spreads so easily that anyone who is exposed to it and is not immune (for example, someone who has not been vaccinated) will probably get the disease.

It spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes and releases tiny droplets into the air. You can get measles by breathing in those droplets, or if they contact your eyes or nose.

The measles virus can survive in the air for up to two hours in a room after a person with measles has left it.

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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)?