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Vaccinations for Measles

Check your immunization records to make sure you and your children have received one or two doses of the measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV). Your immunization record (yellow card) or your health care provider can give you this information.

Measles Vaccine Recommendations

Children

Two doses of measles vaccine is recommended for children one year of age to less than 18 years of age.

  • One dose of measles vaccine is routinely given at one year of age or older
  • The second dose is routinely given at four to six years of age
  • Children who have not followed the routine schedule above can catch-up with their two doses of measles vaccination

Adults (18 years of age and older)

One dose of measles vaccine is recommended for:

Two doses of measles vaccine is recommended for:

  • Health care workers
  • Post-secondary students
  • Anyone based on the recommendation of their health care provider

Adults born before 1970 are generally considered immune.

Travel

Travelers can check to see where measles is a concern by reviewing travel health notices.

Adults born before 1970:

  • One dose of the vaccine; or
  • Have laboratory evidence of immunity (e.g. through blood testing); or
  • Are considered immune due to a history of laboratory-confirmed measles disease

Adults born in or after 1970 should receive two doses.

Children six months to under one year:

  • Consider one dose of measles vaccine for infants as early as six months of age if travelling to an area where disease is a concern
  • Infants who receive one dose of measles vaccine before their first birthday should also receive an additional two doses after their first birthday

Note: these are general recommendations for measles vaccine. Individual recommendations may vary based on situation or a healthcare provider's discretion.

For more information, or to find out if your family is up-to-date with the recommended vaccinations, visit Ontario's Routine Immunization Schedule.

Need Measles Vaccine?

If you or your children need measles vaccine, you can:

  • See your health care provider or go to a walk-in clinic
  • Book an immunization clinic appointment at 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074 ext. 7425

Unsure of your Vaccination Status?

If you are unsure of your vaccination status:

  • Contact your health care provider

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  • Call the Measles Information Line at 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074 ext. 7995
    Note: Public Health's vaccination record database begins in 1975. For individuals born before this year, Public Health will not have your records.

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