Measles and Influenza Outbreaks

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Outbreaks of measles and continued spread of influenza are being reported. Here’s what you need to know about each disease, the vaccines that help to prevent them, and considerations for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals during an outbreak.


Measles is one of the most contagious viruses known. The virus from an infected person’s sneeze or cough can hang in the air for a couple of hours after the person has left the area. The good news is that the measles vaccine, part of the MMR vaccine, is safe and effective.

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A variety of illness are often mistakenly called “the flu.” The result is that people often underestimate the severity of the illness caused by infection with influenza virus. Unfortunately, every year thousands of people die from influenza, including a small number of previously healthy children and young adults.

While the flu vaccine isn’t perfect, it can help lessen the severity of an infection.

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Vaccinated or Unvaccinated: What You Should Know

Check out this printable Q&A to learn why some people may not be immunized and what to consider whether your child is vaccinated or not.

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