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Measles (Rubeola) | Sarampión: lo que debe saber


About Measles

Measles is a highly contagious vaccine-preventable virus that lives in the nose and throat of an infected person. It can spread to others through coughing and sneezing. If a person has measles, 90 percent of unvaccinated people around that person will become infected. Read More About Measles


Symptoms of measles include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. A person who develops systems of measles should self-isolate and contact their doctor. Read More About Symptoms


The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine offers safe and long-lasting protection against measles. Children should get two doses of  mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 to 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age. Two doses of the vaccine are 97 percent effective against measles. Read More About MMR Vaccine

The HHD Immunization Bureau offers MMR and other vaccines at the department’s health centers throughout the city. Services are provided on a sliding fee schedule and will not be denied due to inability to pay. For more information about health center services, call 832-393-5127.

Houston Cases

There has not been a case of measles reported in the city of Houston in 2019. There have been two measles cases reported to HHD in the past several years; one in 2018 and one in 2013.

Parents and Caregivers

Learn about measles, the vaccine to prevent it, and the importance of vaccinating according to CDC’s recommended schedule. Read More


Measles remains a common disease in many parts of the world. Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of getting infected when they travel internationally. Make sure you and your family are up to date on measles vaccination. Read More

Healthcare Providers

Consider measles in patients with a fever, rash, and cough, coryza and conjunctivitis—the three “C”s. Ask if they are vaccinated against measles and whether they have recently traveled internationally or if there’s measles in the community. Read More

Medical providers are required to immediately report suspected cases of measles to their local health department. The HHD 24/7 disease reporting hotline for medical providers is 832-393-5080. Read More

Frequently Asked Questions about Measles in the U.S.

Answers to frequently asked questions about measles. Read More

Educational Flyers

Measles: It isn’t just a little rash.  English  | Spanish

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