Measles Experience, Practice, and Knowledge by Pediatricians in the Context of Resurgent US Outbreaks

J Pediatr. 2022 Jul;246:213-219.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2022.04.004. Epub 2022 Apr 12.


Objective: To assess measles experience, practice, and knowledge by pediatricians in the context of resurgent US outbreaks in 2018-2019.

Study design: A nationally representative network of pediatricians were surveyed by email and mail from January to April 2020.

Results: The response rate was 67% (297 of 444). In the 3 years preceding the survey, 52% of the respondents reported awareness of measles cases in/near their community. Most thought that media reports about recent measles outbreaks had decreased delay/refusal of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine (6% "greatly decreased"; 66% "moderately decreased"). More than 60% of the pediatricians responded correctly for 6 of 9 true/false measles knowledge items. Less than 50% responded correctly for 3 true/false items, including statements about pretravel MMR recommendations for a preschooler and measles isolation precautions. The most common resources that the pediatricians would "sometimes" or "often/always" consult for measles information were those from the American Academy of Pediatrics (72%), a state or local public health department (70%), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (63%). More than 90% of the pediatricians reported correct clinical practice for MMR vaccination of a 9-month-old before international travel. More than one-third of the respondents did not have a plan for measles exposures in their clinic. Pediatricians aware of measles cases in/near their community in the previous 3 years and those working in a hospital/clinic or Health Maintenance Organization setting were more likely to have a plan for measles exposures.

Conclusions: During this time of heightened risk for measles outbreaks, there are opportunities to strengthen the knowledge and implementation of measles pretravel vaccination and infection prevention and control recommendations among pediatricians.

Keywords: infection prevention; measles; pediatrics; vaccination.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Disease Outbreaks / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Measles* / epidemiology
  • Measles* / prevention & control
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine / therapeutic use
  • Mumps* / prevention & control
  • Pediatricians
  • Rubella* / prevention & control
  • Vaccination


  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine