Measles 2019

For statewide information on the 2019 measles outbreak, visit  Washington State Department of Health

Measles and the MMR Vaccine

The best protection against measles is the MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella viruses. You can protect yourself and family by ensuring everyone is up to date on the MMR vaccine. It’s important for everyone to be up to date on the MMR vaccine because it will help protect those who cannot be vaccinated. Check your immunization records online through

Measles Disease

Measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus. Measles spreads when an infected person coughs, sneezes, shares food or drinks, or shares the same air space with a person who’s not protected. The measles virus can remain in the air of a room for up to two hours. If a person is not protected by vaccination or immune, they may get measles if they are in the same place as someone who has the virus even if that person doesn't cough or sneeze directly on them.

The first symptoms of measles are like a bad cold—a high fever, runny nose, and cough, followed by a rash that usually lasts 5 to 6 days. You may also have red, watery eyes that are sensitive to light and be very tired. People with measles can spread the disease before they know they’re sick. It can spread from four days before to four days after rash appears.

Measles Resources

Measles basic information flyer 

MMR Vaccination: What Everyone Should Know 

Frequently asked questions about measles in the US

Information for travelers  

Measles Q & A