The Truth About Measles

measles Measles is a contagious disease. It is characterized by rashes and fever. Sometimes measles are mistaken as a cold. You should watch out for other symptoms like runny nose, watery eyes and coughing. If you want to know more about measles, you should read the following:

1.       It can be fatal

You should know that measles is fatal. There are cases that children die from it. If the children do not die, measles will have complications. There are children that get an ear infection, pneumonia, encephalitis and blindness.

2.       It is caused by a virus

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Measles is caused by a virus. The virus will grow in the lining of the cells at the back of the lungs and throat. The virus will cause coughing, runny nose and the rashes. The fever will increase to 104 degrees when the rashes appear.

3.       The vaccine does not cause autism

There was a study conducted by Dr Andrew Wakefield. He linked the MMR vaccine (vaccine used in measles, rubella and mumps) to autism. The study was questioned. MMR vaccine does not cause autism.

4.       You can prevent measles

If you are a parent, you can protect your child from contracting measles by vaccinating them when they reach 12 to 15 months old. Your child should be vaccinated once again when they enter school. If measles hit you or your child, it is better to stay in the house.

If you recognized the symptoms and you think that it is measles, you should go to your healthcare provider. Do not spread the disease.

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