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Measles

Measles is a serious disease caused by a virus.
Measles is spread person-to-person through the air. It is a very contagious disease.
Measles can cause pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, and even death.
The measles virus is very contagious, so when one person gets infected, it's easy for the disease to spread. Measles is still common around the world. There have been many recent measles outbreaks due to infected people bringing the disease into the United States from other countries.
Vaccination is the best way to prevent measles.
Measles Vaccine Schedule
All children should get 2 doses of MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine starting at age 1. Some teens and adults may also need MMR vaccine if they didn't get 2 doses when they were younger.
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Measles
Measles
Find fact sheets for parents, adults, and teens, as well as multimedia resources, and more
Information about Measles
Information about Measles
Includes information about the disease, immunization, recommendations, and resources
A Look at Each Vaccine: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
A Look at Each Vaccine: Measles
Questions and answers about the disease and vaccines
Shot@Life
Shot@Life
A movement to protect children worldwide by providing life-saving vaccine where they are most needed
The Measles Initiative
The Measles Initiative
This initiative has saved lives by supporting the vaccination of more than 600 million children in more than 60 countries
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Video Library
Video: Measles: Rachel’s story
Measles - Rachel’s Story: Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can cause fever, coughing and distinctive red-brown spots on the skin. Rachel’s daughter Lola contracted measles at the age of three. In this UK National Health Service (NHS) video, Rachel describes Lola's symptoms, how she was finally diagnosed with measles and the treatments she received.
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Personal Testimonies
Stories of suffering and loss from measles
Measles: A Dangerous Illness
Measles Not Worth the Risk
Open Letter to Parents
The Problem
Schoolboy, 13, Dies as Measles Makes a Comeback
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More Measles Information
Measles: Make sure your child is protected
Measles: Make sure your child is protected
Vaccine summary for parents
>> Spanish-language
Measles Questions & Answers
Measles Q&As
Measles disease and vaccine information
Clear Answers & Smart Advice About Your Baby’s Shots
Clear Answers & Smart Advice About Your Baby’s Shots
By Ari Brown, MD, FAAP
Traveling to Another Country? Protect Your Family. Think Measles
Traveling to Another Country? Protect Your Family. Think Measles
Important information about measles vaccination before you travel
Measles: Overview for Parents
Overview for Parents
Frequently asked questions
>> Spanish-language
Measles Fact Sheet
Measles Fact Sheet
More in-depth information, includes a real-life story
Measles Photos
Some of the images are quite graphic
>> view measles photos
 
This page was reviewed on July 9, 2014
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The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), a non-profit organization, works to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services. IAC also facilitates communication about the safety, efficacy, and use of vaccines within the broad immunization community of patients, parents, healthcare organizations, and government health agencies.