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Measles

Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease caused by a virus. This serious viral infection presents with fever, respiratory symptoms and rash. The measles vaccine is very effective. For this reason, we want to remind you that the best way to avoid getting or spreading measles is to make sure you and your children are vaccinated.

How Does Measles Spread?

The virus spreads easily through the air when a sick person coughs or sneezes. The virus can also stay in the air and on surfaces for many hours. So, you can be infected by being in a room that a sick person was in or by touching an object that they’ve touched.

Most people who have never been vaccinated against or sick with the measles will get it if they have contact with the virus. A person with measles can spread the disease to others even before they have any symptoms.

Measles Symptoms

Measles signs and symptoms appear 10 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Signs and symptoms of measles typically include:

  • Fever
  • Dry Cough
  • Runny Nose
  • Sore Throat
  • Inflamed Eyes
  • Skin Rash

When To See A Doctor

Call your Torrance Memorial physician if you think you or your child may have been exposed to measles or if you or your child has a rash resembling measles. Review your family's immunization records, especially before starting school and international travel.

Please call first. If your doctor asks you to come to the office, a staff person will meet you at the door and give you a mask and gloves. You will then be taken directly to an exam room.

Measles Key Points

  • Measles is a virus that lives in the nose and throat.
  • Measles spreads easily through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • Vaccination is the best way to prevent getting and spreading measles.

You Have The Power To Protect Yourself and Your Child

Provide yourself and your children with safe and long-lasting protection against measles by making sure they get the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine according to Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) recommended immunization schedule.

Need a Measles Vaccination?

All Torrance Memorial Physician Network primary care locations are offering the measles vaccination. To receive the vaccination, patients must make an appointment. If you are not a current Torrance Memorial Physician Network patient, you can schedule an appointment. Measles vaccination may not be covered by insurance, please check with your insurance provider prior to your visit. If your insurance doesn't cover the vaccination, our offices will offer it for $80*.

* Doctor visit is an additional cost, check with your insurance provider if the office visit is covered.

Not Sure If You Are Vaccinated?

If you do not know if you have been vaccinated, there is a measles screening test (titer level) available. All Torrance Memorial Physician Networks primary care locations can order the test. If you are not a current Torrance Memorial Physician Network patient, you can schedule an appointment. The test may not be covered by insurance, but is available for $14*.

* Doctor visit is an additional cost, check with your insurance provider if the office visit is covered.

Want to Learn More About the Current Measles Outbreak?

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