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Measles is Vaccine-Preventable

Measles (also known as rubeola and hard measles) is a very contagious, vaccine-preventable, viral disease with symptoms like fever, cough, coryza (inflammation of the mucus membranes of the nose), conjunctivitis (inflammation of the eye), and a maculopapular (red area on the skin with raised bumps) rash. It usually occurs in people who have not had the disease before or who are unvaccinated.

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The best way to prevent measles is to get the measles-mumps-rubella shot (called MMR). For more information on vaccination, please see the links below.

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