Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. It’s followed by a rash that spreads over the body. Measles virus is highly contagious virus and spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. Make sure you and your child are protected with measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
Learn about measles, the vaccine to prevent it, and the importance of vaccinating according to CDC’s recommended schedule. See resources for parents and others who care for children (including childcare providers).
Consider measles in patients with a fever, rash, and cough, coryza and conjunctivitis—the three “C”s. Ask if they are vaccinated against measles and whether they have recently traveled internationally or if there’s measles in the community.
Measles remains a common disease in many parts of the world. Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of getting infected when they travel internationally. Make sure you and your family are up to date on measles vaccination.
Measles Death in U.S.
On July 2, 2015, Washington State Department of Health confirmed a measles-related death. The last reported measles infection that resulted in death in the U.S. was in 2003.
Everyone for whom MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine is recommended should be vaccinated. This helps protect people who cannot receive MMR vaccine, and those who might have serious complications from measles. Keeping measles vaccination rates high is critical for preventing measles in the United States.
- Page last reviewed: February 13, 2015
- Page last updated: August 10, 2015
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