Measles is a serious infection caused by a virus. It is the leading cause of vaccine preventable deaths in children worldwide.
What are the symptoms of measles?
Symptoms of measles can include high fever, cough, runny nose, red watery eyes and rash. The rash starts out as a few red spots, which soon join together and cover the body.
Complications of measles
How is measles spread?
The virus is spread easily from person to person by coughing, sneezing and even talking.
A vaccine for measles is available in combination with mumps and rubella vaccine and is recommended for all children. The first dose should be given on or after the first birthday and the second dose given at least one month after the first.
All children entering school or child care must have documented receipt of MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine.