Spot the measles

What is all the fuss about a little case of spots?

Measles is a serious disease and it can be deadly.

Measles is the most common vaccine-preventable cause of death among children throughout the world.

What is it?

It’s caused by a virus. Measles spreads very easily from one person to another. Measles is also known by the names morbilli or rubeola.

How do you get it?

Measles is really easy to catch. It spreads through the air (by infectious droplets) through coughing, sneezing and talking, or by touching a surface with infected saliva or mucus.

How do I prevent my children getting measles?

Immunisation, given on time, is the only way to prevent measles. 2 doses of the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine is 99 percent effective in preventing measles.

Check out the kidshealth website for more information about measles immunisation

What do i do if i think my child has measles?

Phone Healthline on 0800 611 116 or call your family Nurse Practitioner (or GP) as soon as possible for advice. Make sure to phone your NP / GP before visiting. That way they can take steps to make sure you don’t wait in a public area where other people might catch measles from your child.

Read more about measles here, including advice from the Ministry of Health

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