Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease caused by the measles virus, spreads through the air the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The measles virus lives in the mucus of your nose and throat. It is spread through the air and by coming into direct contact with someone who has it. The virus can stay active on surfaces and in the air for up to 2 hours.
Routine measles vaccination for children, combined with mass immunization campaigns in countries with high case and death rates, are key public health strategies to reduce global measles deaths. It is safe, effective and inexpensive. The measles vaccine is often incorporated with rubella and/or mumps vaccines.
- Get the measles vaccine
- Wash your hands properly with clean water and soap often
- If soap and water aren’t available, clean your hands with hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol)
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth. If you need to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue on your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Try to avoid close contact, such as kissing, hugging, or sharing eating utensils or cups with people who are sick.
To prevent measles, make sure vaccines are given on time, every time. The good news is that Measles is preventable and #Vaccines work!