Measles infection and prevention

Measles infection and prevention

Subject: Measles infection and prevention Audience: Members of the community, Parents and caregivers of young children Show name: Side by Side Questions and Answers Season: 3 Episode: 1 Topic: Protection Against Measles

What is measles?
Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that is most common in children. It is spread mainly by airborne droplets of moisture coughed out by an infec...
What are the symptoms of measles?
Symptoms of measles in an infected child include: a fever runny nose hacking cough red eyes  Inside the mouth, tiny white spots appear, followed by a...
How does the measles virus spread?
Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. It can spread to others through coughing and sneezing. ...
How long can the virus stay active and when can a person spread the virus?
Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.   Infected ...
Why is it important that all children receive the measles vaccination?
Worldwide measles infects about 20 million people annually, causing about 200 000 deaths, primarily in children. Currently there is a measles outbreak in So...
How can parents protect their children from the measles virus?
Parents and Caregivers have the power to protect their children against measles with a safe and effective vaccine. The best protection against measles is m...
How would parents know if their child is protected against the measles virus?
Children need two doses of the vaccine for best protection: The first dose at 6 months of age The second dose at 12 months   Your child is protected f...
How does the measles vaccine work?
When your child gets the measles vaccine, their immune system makes protective virus-fighting antibodies against the weakened vaccine virus.  Measles vacci...
What should parents and caregivers do if they are not sure whether their child is vaccinated or not against measles?
Caregivers and Parents should first try to find the child’s Road to Health Booklet and check the immunisations pages to see which immunisations the child ha...
Could a child still get measles if he/she is fully vaccinated?
Very few people—about five out of 100—who get two doses of measles vaccine will still get measles if exposed to the virus. It could be that their immune sys...