This 2014 image was captured in Myanmar, by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Epidemiologist, Terri Hyde, M.D., M.P.H., and depicts a Myanmar mother holding her infant daughter, who was in the process of receiving her measles vaccination injection in her upper left arm from a trained nurse.
Though measles is now rarely found in the U.S, it is still common in other countries. The virus is highly contagious and can spread rapidly in areas where people are not vaccinated. Worldwide, an estimated 20 million people get measles and 146,000 people die from the disease each year—that equals about 400 deaths every day or about 17 deaths every hour.
CDC recommends all children get two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age. Children can receive the second dose earlier as long as it is at least 28 days after the first dose.