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Measles

mmr vaccineMeasles is a highly contagious disease that can spread quickly. There are confirmed cases of measles in California and many other states. At this time, there are no confirmed cases in Monterey County. 

Community Hospital is taking a proactive approach to address the potential spread of this virus and asks community members to:

Get vaccinated

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the measles vaccine is 95-99% effective in protecting you from contracting the measles.  If you or your family members have not been vaccinated or already had measles, call your primary care doctor to check availability of the vaccine and to schedule an appointment.  There are some age groups that should not receive the vaccine. 

See who should be vaccinated

Watch for symptoms and call a doctor first

If you think you have measles or have been exposed, call your doctor or other healthcare provider before visiting to avoid spreading the virus to others. Measles spreads through the air by coughing and sneezing. 

Symptoms include:

  • fever (low grade at first and after a few days can rise to 104/105 degrees)
  • runny nose
  • cough
  • red eyes

This is followed by a rash that can spread all over the body.

Calling ahead of a visit will help your healthcare provider take the appropriate precautions to best treat the patient upon arrival as well as contain the virus from spreading to healthcare workers and other patients.

In an emergency, call 911.  

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Vaccination Resources

Call your primary care health provider

Please note that vaccine availability may be low at some providers.

Find a doctor

Peninsula Primary Care

Don’t have a primary care provider? 

Monterey County Health Department clinics

For information and to schedule an appointment, contact:

Alisal Health Center in Salinas: (831) 769-8870

Seaside Family Health Center in Seaside: (831) 899-8100

Visiting Nurses Association

Schedule an appointment: (831) 648-3777

Montage Wellness Center