Measles

At this time, there are zero cases of Measles reported in Greene County

Although there have not been any reported cases of Measles in Greene County in 2019, this is a good reminder to know your vaccination status and make sure your and your child’s vaccines are up to date. 

Missouri has seen cases of Measles tied to the national outbreak, but the state itself is not considered to be in an outbreak at this time.

Measles is:


Measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus.

It spreads to others through coughing and sneezing. It is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90% of the people around him or her will also become infected if they are not protected.

Our best and most effective tool against Measles is vaccination. 

Vaccines are the gold standard in public health prevention. This is a sad reminder of the importance of prevention, and why public health is such a strong advocate for vaccines.

Measles Outbreak in the U.S.

Measles was declared eliminated in the US in 2002, but waning vaccination rates have lead to a resurgence of the illness. 

In 2019, most people who got measles have been unvaccinated.

Measles starts with a high fever. Soon after, it causes a cough, runny nose, and red eyes. Then a rash of tiny, red spots breaks out. It starts at the head and spreads to the rest of the body. Measles can be serious. It can lead to pneumonia, encephalitis (swelling of the brain), and death.

Vaccines are safe and effective

We urge parents who have concerns about vaccines to reach out to us or their health care provider—so much of what is out there is misinformation or misunderstanding. 

You can also learn more about the safety of vaccines here:

Recommendations on the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine

Who should be vaccinated:

• Children 12 months of age or older

• Adults who do not have evidence of immunity (should received at least one dose of MMR vaccine)

Regarding re-vaccination or boosters:

• People who have documentation of receiving live measles vaccine in the 1960s do not need to be revaccinated.

• People who were vaccinated prior to 1968 with either inactivated (killed) measles vaccine or measles vaccine of unknown type should be re-vaccinated with at least one dose of live attenuated measles vaccine.

• This recommendation is intended to protect those who may have received killed measles vaccine, which was available in 1963-1967 and was not effective.