Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that spreads through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms of measles typically include

  • high fever
  • sore red, watery eyes
  • coughing
  • a runny nose
  • aching and feeling generally unwell
  • a blotchy red brown rash, which usually appears after the first symptoms

Outbreaks can occur when a significant portion of the population is unvaccinated, allowing the virus to spread more easily. Vaccination against measles is highly effective at preventing the disease and reducing the risk of outbreaks.

It is important for individuals to stay informed about the importance of vaccinations and follow public health guidelines to protect themselves and their communities from measles outbreaks.

Protecting yourself from measles

To protect yourself and those around you from measles:

  • make sure your children get 2 MMR vaccines on time – the first at 12 months of age and the second at 3 years, 4 months

  • if you or your children missed these vaccines, it’s not too late – ask for the free vaccine from your GP if you or your children aren’t up to date.

For more information, help and Advice please visit Measles - NHS (