Measles-- Signs, Symptoms, & How to Protect Yourself & Loved Ones

Measles is a highly contagious disease. It can be serious for young children. Protect your child by making sure that he or she is up-to-date on the measles vaccine, including before traveling abroad.

Measles Cases in 2019:

From January 1 to May 10, 2019, 839 cases of measles have been confirmed in 23 states across the United States. This is an increase of 75 cases from the previous week. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the US since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000. As of May 10, there are have been no reported cases of measles in North Carolina.

Symptoms of Measles:

  • High fever (may spike to more than 104 degrees F)

  • Cough

  • Runny nose

  • Red, watery eyes

  • A rash that breaks out 3 to 5 days after symptoms begin

Measles can be Very Serious:

  • About 1 in 4 people who get measles will be hospitalized.

  • About 1 in 1,000 people with measles will develop brain swelling due to infection which may lead to brain damage.

  • About 1 or 2 in every 1,000 people with measles will die, even with the best care.

Vaccination can Protect You and Your Loved Ones:

  • Children should receive two doses of a vaccination that protects against three diseases— measles, mumps, and rubella.

  • Children, teenagers, and adults who do not have evidence of immunity against measles should get vaccinated prior to any international travel.

  • Review Recommended Immunization Schedules here.

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