Measles is a disease caused by the measles virus. Symptoms of measles include:
Your healthcare provider needs to see your child to confirm that he or she has measles.
If your child has measles, it means he or she was exposed to another child with measles 10 to 12 days earlier.
Measles can be a miserable illness. The rash usually lasts 7 days. Your child will usually begin to feel a lot better by the fourth day of the rash. Ear and eye infections are common complications.
The disease is no longer contagious after the rash is gone. This usually takes 7 days.
Any child or adult who has been exposed to your child and who has not had measles or the measles vaccine should call his healthcare provider. If given early, a measles vaccine is often protective.
Measles can be prevented with 2 doses of vaccine. In fact, the vaccine has been so effective that measles is now very rare in the United States. Measles is spread so easily, however, that it would come back quickly if the vaccine was not given to the majority of children.
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