What is Measles?

Measles is a reportable disease in Oklahoma. Measles is a disease caused by a highly contagious virus. People with measles spread the virus through the air when they cough, sneeze, or breathe.

Measles: Answers to Common Questions (CDC)
Measles Information (OSDH)

What are the symptoms of Measles?

Symptoms typically begin 7 to 14 days after infection with a high fever, cough, runny nose and red watery eyes. A rash breaks out 3 to 5 days after symptoms begin. The rash starts as flat red spots on the face and hairline that spread downward to the rest of the body. The symptoms may last from 1 to 2 weeks.

How is Measles Spread?

Measles is passed from person to person by airborne droplets from coughing and sneezing. Measles can also be spread by contact with nose and throat secretions from ill persons, or by touching a contaminated surface. Infected people can spread the virus four days before their rash starts and through four days after the rash appears. The virus can also live up to two hours in the air after an infected person leaves an area.

How can I protect myself against Measles?

Measles can be prevented by the measles vaccine (usually given in combination with rubella and mumps vaccines, or MMR vaccine), and is recommended for all children at 12 to 15 months of age and again at four to six years of age.  If a person has not received a second dose of the vaccine between four and six years of age, it may be given at any age thereafter.  The two doses of vaccine normally provide lifelong immunity.

What do I do if I’ve been exposed to Measles?

If an individual is diagnosed with measles, the health department will work with the individual to determine when it is safe to return to work/school/daycare/public settings. Usually, an individual can return when they have had a rash for more than four days.

How do I get the vaccine?

You can schedule an appointment at any our three clinics today! Appointments are preferred, but we will accept walk-ins based on availability. Use the information below to find the clinic location most convenient to you.

North Health Clinic

2700 NE 63rd Street
OKC, OK 73111
(405) 419-4200

Monday – Thursday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Friday 8:00-12:00 

South Health Clinic

6728 S Hudson Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73139
(405) 419-4119

Monday – Thursday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Friday 8:00-12:00 

West Health Clinic

4330 NW 10th Street
OKC, OK 73107
(405) 419-4150

Monday – Thursday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Friday 8:00-12:00