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Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Measles

The Disease

Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus. The disease of measles and the virus that causes it share the same name. The disease is also called rubeola. Measles virus normally grows in the cells that line the back of the throat and lungs.

The Vaccine

Measles vaccine is administered through the combination MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) or by the MMRV (measles, mumps, rubella and varicella) vaccine.

Who Should get Vaccinated?

Children should be given the first dose of MMR vaccine soon after the first birthday (12 to 15 months of age). The second dose is recommended before the start of the kindergarten.

North Carolina Requirements

Children in North Carolina are required to receive two doses of measles vaccine.  Anyone enrolling in college for the first time on or after July 1, 2008 must have two doses of measles vaccine.

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