04:34 EDT 26th August 2019 | BioPortfolio

Measles (morbilli, rubeola) is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and can sometimes lead to serious complications. 
The initial symptoms of measles develop around 10 days after initial infection:

  • a high temperature (fever)
  • cold-like symptoms
  • greyish white spots in the mouth and throat
  • red eyes and sensitivity to light
  • a red-brown spotty rash will appear which usually starts behind the ears and then spreads around the head and neck before spreading to the rest of the body.

To protect individuals many governnents implement a measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination program. 

The first MMR vaccination is routinely given when your child is around 13 months old and a second is given before your child starts school.
Adults and 6-13 month old children can also have the MMR vaccine if they are at risk of catching measles. For example, vaccination may be recommended if there is an outbreak of measles in your local area, or if you have been in close contact with someone who has measles.

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