You may have a few more questions about measles
Can measles kill you?
Measles itself does not kill you, secondary contracted infections such as pneumonia, or in rare cases, encephalitis, may result in more serious complications such as death. It is important to note that these are very uncommon complications and can often be avoided upon early detection, vaccination and consultation with your doctor.
What is the outlook on measles?
Measles does not have a high death rate in healthy adults and children and most people who become infected with the virus have a full recovery. The risk of complications and secondary contracted infections are higher for those with a weakened immune system.
It is not possible to get measles twice, once you have had the disease, you will not get it again and you are immune to it for your whole life.
How can I prevent measles?
It is always best to ensure that you and your child have been vaccinated with the MMR vaccine, this is a three-in-one vaccine that will protect you against measles, mumps and rubella (German measles). Children can receive it at 12 months and even sooner if they are travelling internationally, receiving their second dose between four and six years old.
As an unvaccinated adult, or if you are unsure if you were ever vaccinated, you may also request the vaccine from your doctor.
It is best to isolate yourself should you be infected as the disease is highly contagious. Should a family member or friend become infected, avoid all physical contact with them. It is also best to avoid being in the same room as them as their mucus spread through breathing, coughing and sneezing may infect you.
Therefore, the most effective prevention methods are vaccination and isolation.