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Measles Update: A Primer for Health Care Providers

View the archived webinar, with audio, in Video format

This enduring material has been approved for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

The webinar was recorded on 2/17/15 and the most recent review was on 2/15/17.


Download the webinar slides as full page slides or in handout format.

Continuing Medical Education Credit(s)

Physicians – to obtain a CME Certificate, review the archived webinar and click here.

Other Health Care Providers – to obtain a Certificate of Attendance, review the archived webinar and click here.

Webinar Overview

This webinar is designed for all health care providers who may evaluate a patient with measles. This includes primary care, emergency medicine, urgent care, and other front-line health care providers. Experts in measles  provide a “Measles 101” to review the classic and less typical clinical presentations of measles as well as the diagnosis and management of this highly infectious and once rare disease.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for pediatric, internal medicine, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, and urgent care physicians. Other groups who are encouraged to participate include all primary care health care providers and their office staff who may evaluate a patient presenting with measles-like symptoms.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. List three classic clinical signs of measles
  2. Discuss at least five important actions to prevent the transmission of measles
  3. Name three groups for whom immunoglobulin is indicated
  4. Discuss two types of vaccine failure
  5. Describe the presentation of mild modified measles.

Webinar Presenters

Photograph of Alvin Nelson El Amin MD

Alvin Nelson El Amin, MD, MPH

Before retiring in 2015, Dr. Nelson El Amin served as the Medical Director of the Immunization Program for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. His responsibilities included the management of surveillance activities for most vaccine-preventable diseases in the Los Angeles County Health Jurisdiction. He is a board certified pediatrician with seven years of private practice experience before becoming a public health professional. He worked in the public health arena for 30 years, including positions with the New York State Department of Health and the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services. He is an expert on vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases and was involved in controlling several measles outbreaks during his career.

Photograph of James Cherry MD

James D. Cherry, MD, MSc

Dr. Cherry is a Distinguished Research Professor of Pediatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Member of Division of Infectious Diseases, Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA. Dr. Cherry received his M.D. degree from the University of Vermont in 1957 and his M.Sc. degree in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1983. He was an intern and resident at Boston City Hospital and Kings County Hospital between 1957 and 1960. He served an Infectious Diseases fellowship at the Thorndike Memorial Laboratory and the Harvard Medical Service at Boston City Hospital during 1961 and 1962. He has held faculty positions at the University of Vermont, University of Wisconsin, St. Louis University, and UCLA extending from 1960 to 2013.

Dr. Cherry has written the measles chapter in all 7 editions of the textbook “Feigin and Cherry’s Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases”. Additionally he was the leader of the St. Louis University/ Washington University research group that did extensive measles studies from 1971-1973 and the UCLA research group that participated in measles studies from 1976-1977.

Resources for Further Study

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) measles webpage with information for providers.

More information

For providers visit:

  • LA County DPH Immunization Program provider webpage.
  • CDPH Immunization Program provider webpage.
  • California Vaccine for Children Program - immunization training and resources
  • CME webpage for DPH webinars and articles with free CME, including a webinar on pertussis.

For patients visit:
  • DPH Immunization Program measles website

Accreditation Statement

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses receive a Certificate of attendance. This activity is designated for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. According to the California Board of Registered Nursing, the Continuing Medical Education is acceptable for meeting RN continuing education requirements, as long as the course is Category 1, and has been taken within the appropriate time frames.

None of the speakers or planners involved in the planning or creation of this activity disclosed any relevant financial relationships

This activity is offered by an accredited CMA-CME provider and is not commercially supported.

Contact Information

For questions or further information about measles please contact the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Immunization Program by email or by calling 213-351-7800.

For CME questions please email