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Measles is highly contagious and can lead to complications such as ear infections, pneumonia, and inflammation of the brain which require hospitalisation and on rare occasions can lead to long term disability or death.
Spending 15 minutes or more in direct contact with someone infected with measles is enough to catch the infection. People whose immunity is compromised, pregnant women and unvaccinated children are at increased risk of severe disease.
Measles symptoms to be aware of include:
— high fever
— sore, red, watery eyes
— aching and feeling generally unwell
— a blotchy red brown rash, which usually appears after the initial symptoms.
The free MMR vaccine is a safe and effective way of protecting against measles, as well as mumps and rubella.
Click below to download a copy of the NHS MMR leaflet for further information.