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Measles

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
  • Ear infection or pneumonia in 1 out of every 10 children.
  • Encephalitis, an infection of the brain, in about 1 out of every 1,000 children.
  • Death in 1 in about 3,000 cases.
  • Can make a pregnant woman have a miscarriage or give birth prematurely. 

How is measles spread?
The virus is spread easily from person to person by coughing, sneezing and even talking.

Measles vaccine

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.