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Per the Center for Disease Control, measles is the most deadly of all childhood rash / fever illnesses. The disease spreads very easily through coughing / sneezing. The virus can live up to two hours on surfaces or in the air in which an infected person has coughed/sneezed in. A person is infectious four days before the rash appears to four days after the rash appears.

The typical schedule for receiving the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine is at 12-15 months of age and 4-6 years of age. The MMR vaccine can also be administered to infants 6-11 months of age. Receiving a vaccine at 6-11 months will require a total of three vaccines. The schedule would then be 6 months, 12-15 months and 4-6 years of age.

Naval Hospital Lemoore will now be offering the MMR vaccine to infants 6-11 months of age. If you have an infant 6-11 months of age and would like them to receive the MMR vaccine you will need to contact the Immunization Clinic and your child’s provider for prior authorization. Walk-ins for this vaccine will not be accepted without prior authorization from your child’s provider.

Please contact the Immunization Clinic at Naval Hospital Lemoore at (559) 998-4258 for questions regarding the MMR vaccine.

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