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Stay safe from measles: Get the facts

John Deangelis

The following information is shared on behalf of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health

The Health Department is tracking an outbreak of measles in Philadelphia. Measles can be dangerous, especially for babies and young children. It is much more contagious than other viruses.

How does measles spread?

Measles spreads by being around a person with measles who is coughing, sneezing, or just breathing. Measles can be spread before someone with measles has a rash and after symptoms end. Germs can last in a room for two hours after someone with measles has left.

What’s the best protection against measles?

Getting vaccinated! The MMR vaccine series is recommended at 12-15 months and again when a child turns 4. Infants over 6 months old should get a dose of MMR vaccine before traveling to a country where measles is more common.

The measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is your best protection against measles. It is available for free for all Philadelphia residents at each of the City’s Health Centers.

Any child in Philadelphia can receive vaccines at City Health Centers. Call 215-685-2933 to set up an appointment.

For a limited time:

City Health Centers will be offering walk-in MMR vaccinations to any Philadelphia resident, Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Health Center 3
555 S 43rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Health Center 4
4400 Haverford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Health Center 5
1900 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19121

No need for an appointment! No need for an ID, just a piece of mail with your address on it will work!

For updates on where to get the MMR vaccine, visit
For updates on the measles outbreak in Philadelphia, visit

Click here to view the Philadelphia Department of Public Health Measles flyer>>

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