Unvaccinated kids should get shots now, according to our community health care providers
Heath care providers recommend that children who have not been vaccinated should get their Measles,
Mumps and Rubella shot (MMR).
- The first MMR vaccine is given to infants from 12-15 months old. A second shot is given when
the child enters kindergarten, between ages 4-6.
- Adults who had the vaccine at some time in their lives should be protected for life; those unsure
can get the vaccine again.
- People can get vaccines from their doctors or through our Public Health Nursing Immunizations division.
- The Wyoming Department of Health uses federal and state money to cover costs of required
childhood vaccines for residents, as well as for some recommended vaccines. Some providers
may charge a small fee.
- The disease spreads through the air via coughing and sneezing. Symptoms generally begin
within seven to 14 days after exposure. It typically begins with a fever, running nose, cough, red
eyes and sore throat. Then a rash appears and spreads over the body.
- The vaccine is incredibly safe and effective. Studies show that more than 97 percent of people
receive two doses of vaccine are protected.
- Other, who are especially vulnerable to measles include people with immune systems that are
compromised by cancer or other illnesses, older people and pregnant women.
For International travelers:
- Infants (6 through 11 months old): 1 dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine before travel.
- This dose does not count as the first dose in the routine childhood vaccination series.
- People 12 months old or older, with no evidence of immunity or no written documentation of any
- doses: 2 doses of MMR vaccine before travel. The 2 doses must be given 28 days apart.
- People 12 months old or older who have written documentation of 1 dose and no other evidence of
- immunity: 1 additional dose before travel, at least 28 days after the previous dose.