Measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus. It spreads to others through coughing and sneezing. It is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90% of the people around him or her will also become infected if they are not protected. Measles can spread quickly in communities where people are not vaccinated. Anyone who is not protected against measles, including children too young to be vaccinated, are at risk of getting infected. That’s why it is so important to be up to date on vaccinations, including before traveling abroad.

Measles can be serious. It can lead to pneumonia, encephalitis (swelling of the brain), and death.


Measles Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red eyes
  • Rash of tiny, red spots (starts at the head and spreads to the rest of the body)


Make Sure Your Child is Fully Immunized

You can protect your child against measles with a combination vaccine that provides protection against three diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). The MMR vaccine is proven to be very safe and effective. Center for Disease Control (CDC), recommends that children get one dose at each of the following ages:

  • 12 through 15 months
  • 4 through 6 years


When to Seek Medical Treatment

If you think may have contracted measles, please contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Please do not walk-in for an appointment. Because measles is highly contagious our staff will give you specific instructions for your appointment. If you are coughing or if you have a cold please ask the front desk receptionist for a mask. NCHS also offers measles vaccinations and booster shots for your protection.

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