Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It is widespread in many parts of the world, including Europe, Africa, India, and the Philippines.
Measles begins with a fever that lasts for a couple of days, followed by a cough, runny nose, and conjunctivitis (pink eye). Infected people are usually contagious from about 4 days before their rash starts to 4 days afterwards.
Children routinely get their first dose of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine at 12 months old or later. The second dose of MMR is usually administered before the child begins kindergarten, but may be given one month or more after the first dose.
Students (including college students), health care workers, and international travelers should receive two doses of MMR vaccine. Babies traveling outside of the United States can get MMR vaccine as young as six months of age.
View personal stories of people affected by measles at ShotbyShot.org.