Don’t let cost be a barrier to getting the measles vaccine from
an in-network provider because preventative immunizations, including booster
shots, are covered for
In January, the
Washington Department of Health announced dozens of confirmed cases of measles
and more suspected cases. The best protection against measles is the MMR
vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella.
“Costs shouldn’t stand
in the way of someone who wants an MMR vaccine. All immunizations, even booster
shots for adults, are fully covered under our preventive services benefit,”
said Dr. David Buchholz.
Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and
throat mucus of an infected person. It can spread to others through coughing
and sneezing. Measles is so contagious that if 1 person has it, 90% of the
people close to that person who are not vaccinated will also get it, according
to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC advises
children get 2 doses of MMR vaccine, usually:
- First dose: 12 through 15 months of age
- Second dose: 4 through 6 years of age
If you’re concerned that you or an unvaccinated child has been
exposed to the virus, please schedule an appointment with your primary care
provider or call the 24-Hour
NurseLine. If you suspect measles, you might need to enter
the doctor’s office through a non-public area. It’s important to make
arrangements before arrival.
Pay attention to
symptoms, such as high fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, body aches, and a
red blotchy rash that appears a few days after the fever starts. The rash often
begins behind the ears and around the face and then spreads down the body.
It’s not too late for
adults to get vaccinated. Talk to your doctor if you weren’t vaccinated or
People who can’t be
vaccinated because of age or certain health conditions depend on the rest of
the population to be vaccinated to prevent the spread of measles.
Illustration by Alissa
Eckert / CDC