Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program

Vaccine-preventable Diseases - Measles

General Information:

Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus that can be spread through the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing. The disease is also called rubeola and is easily spread from person to person. Measles causes fever, runny nose, cough and rash all over the body. The rash usually begins on a person's face and spreads down to the neck, trunk, arms, legs and feet. When the rash appears, a person's fever may rise to more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

Children can be vaccinated for measles with the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine or with Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella (MMRV) vaccine. Please see the vaccine information statement (VIS) below.

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