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Vaccines Protect You & Your Kids From Measles: FDA

March 4, 2024


As new outbreaks of measles — a once nearly eliminated illness in the United States — continue to emerge, experts remind Americans that there’s an easy way to stop infection: Get vaccinated.

“Measles spreads so easily that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not vaccinated or otherwise immune will also become infected,” the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned in a statement released Friday.

Measles is spread through the air. It “starts with a fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and sore throat,” the FDA said. “Soon after, a rash of tiny, red spots breaks out.” The rash begins at the head and spreads to the rest of the body.