The U.S. is in the middle of the largest measles outbreak in 25 years. More than 1,100 people have gotten sick from measles nationwide. We are not currently in an outbreak in Colorado. But Denver is vulnerable, and it’s important for you to have information about the risks and the ways to prevent an outbreak here.
Protect your child from measles
Measles spreads easily and can cause permanent harm
Measles can be dangerous for babies and children. At first, it looks like a cold. Your child may sneeze and cough and have a fever. Then your child gets a rash all over his or her body. Your child can infect another person even before the rash appears.
Measles spreads easily. It spreads when someone coughs or sneezes. The virus lives in the air, after a cough or sneeze, for up to two hours. The virus even stays alive on surfaces – like desks and counters – for up to two hours.
What happens if a measles outbreak occurs in my child’s school?
If your child gets measles, your child must stay home for 4 days after he or she gets the rash.
If your child spends any time with a person who has measles and cannot prove he or she has been vaccinated or has had measles before, your child is at risk. Your child must stay home and away from school until the outbreak is over. The outbreak ends 21 days after a rash appears on the last person who got sick at your child’s school.
Where to get vaccinated
For more information about measles, including places to get no-cost and low-cost vaccines, go to www.denverpublichealth.org/DPSmeasles.