Doctors are warning parents to check their immunisations are up to date. That’s after reports of measles outbreaks across South Africa.
Measles is caused by a virus. The virus can be spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing. The symptoms are flu-like fever, coughing, reddened eyes, and (most noticeably) a red rash.
A person is infectious from about three days before the rash appears and for up to five days after its appearance. Measles is highly contagious and almost everyone coming into contact with an infectious person will contract the disease, unless they have had measles before or have been vaccinated.
If your baby is vaccinated she will not get measles.
By the time you see a rash your child has already been infectious for about three days. However, contact with others should still be avoided for five days after the rash appears.
If your child’s vaccines are not up to date please take your child to the nearest clinic for their measles vaccination. All children between six months and 15 years should be vaccinated.