Measles is a viral infection spread by droplets and can result in quite serious disease in both children and adults.

  • Symptoms include fever, cough, rash
  • 1 in 25 will develop pneumonia, and less commonly, encephalitis (brain inflammation) with the risk of brain damage or death
  • Measles is a routine vaccination that may need to be updated prior to travel
  • It is now given combined with mumps and rubella vaccination
  • The vaccine is especially recommended for those who have only one documented dose given born eg those born between 1970 and 1984

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