Measles is a highly infectious respiratory disease that can result in severe, sometimes permanent, complications including pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, and even death. Symptoms include rash, cough, runny nose, eye irritation, and fever. Children with measles often feel miserable and may miss school, with loss of appetite, diarrhea, and sensitivity to any light.
Measles is highly contagious and spreads easily when an infected person breathes or coughs. In fact, it is so contagious that if an individual has measles, up to 9 in 10 of their close contacts who are not immune will also become infected. Infected people can spread measles to others from four days before through four days after the rash appears.
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Measles is highly contagious, can be serious and even deadly, and is easy to prevent. The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) has launched a new campaign to raise awareness about the risks associated with measles and the importance of prevention through vaccination. The campaign includes a toolkit with animated videos and infographics that can be shared via social media. Visit www.nfid.org/measles-toolkit/ to access the toolkit resources. With your help, we can help prevent the spread of measles.
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Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc. NFID policies restrict funders from controlling program content.