Measles

Measles cases are on the rise in the UK. Make sure you know what symptoms to look out for and how to protect yourself

Measles

Measles is an infection that spreads very easily and can cause serious problems in some people. The best way to prevent it is to have the MMR vaccine

Measles is an infection that spreads very easily and can cause serious problems in some people. Having the MMR vaccine is the best way to prevent it.

Measles usually starts with cold-like symptoms, followed by a rash a few days later. Some people may also get small spots in their mouth.

Cold-like symptoms

The first symptoms of measles include: a high temperature, a runny or blocked nose, sneezing, a cough, red, sore, watery eyes

Spots in the mouth

Small white spots may appear inside the cheeks and on the back of the lips a few days later. These spots usually last a few days.

The measles rash

A rash usually appears a few days after the cold-like symptoms. The rash starts on the face and behind the ears before spreading to the rest of the body. The spots of the measles rash are sometimes raised and join together to form blotchy patches. They’re not usually itchy.

If you’re not sure it’s measles

It’s very unlikely to be measles if you’ve had both doses of the MMR vaccine or you’ve had measles before.

For more information please refer to the NHS website here:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/measles/