Thu, 03/19/2015 Don't Get Measles -- Get Vaccinated California is having a measles outbreak. You can protect yourself and others from measles by getting vaccinated. What Is Measles? Measles is a disease that you can catch from other people. It can cause cold-like symptoms, fever, and a skin rash. It can make you really sick. Measles: What You Need to Know How Do You Prevent Measles? There is a shot, also called a vaccine, that keeps you from getting measles. Children and adults should have a Measles Vaccine. What Happens When You Get a Shot? Getting a measles shot is quick and easy. Learn what to expect by reading Shots Can Keep You Healthy. For more useful tips on vaccinations, visit the DDS SafetyNet!