MeaslesOverview

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and sometimes lead to serious complications. It's now uncommon in the UK because of the effectiveness of vaccination.

overview

Measles is a very contagious infection caused by a virus. It usually gets better on its own, but it can make some people very ill.

symptoms

The main symptom of measles is a red-brown blotchy rash. You may have cold-like symptoms for a few days before the rash appears.

causes

Measles is spread through coughs and sneezes. A person is most contagious from when symptoms develop until about 4 days after the rash first appears.

prevention

The MMR vaccine can prevent measles. The vaccine is given as part of the routine NHS childhood vaccination programme.

treatments_overview

There's no specific treatment for measles. Rest, take painkillers and drink plenty of fluids to help ease the symptoms until it has run its course.

Page last reviewed: 14/08/2018
Next review due: 14/08/2021