Measles Information

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat, and is followed by a rash that spreads all over the body. About three out of ten people who get measles will develop one or more complications including pneumonia, ear infections, or diarrhea. Complications are more common in adults and young children.

Measles News

02/19/15
Measles 2015 COCA (Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity) webinar slides from CDC
Measles Resources page (educational resources from CDC)

02/13/15
Measles 2015: What We Need to Know presented by Dr. Karen Landers, ADPH Assistant State Health Officer
Handouts from Measles 2015: What We Need to Know.

02/13/15
ADPH sent a Measles Reporting and Testing ALERT to primary care physicians statewide

02/04/15
Measles vaccines are highly effective in preventing the disease News Release

01/30/15
Alabama pediatricians join Public Health in urging immunization for measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases News Release

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Measles page and Measles FAQs page include the following:

  • What is measles?
  • Who can get measles?
  • What are the symptoms of measles?
  • Are there complications of measles?
  • How soon do symptoms appear?
  • How is measles spread?
  • How long is an infected person able to spread the disease?
  • What is the treatment for measles?
  • How do I protect myself, my kids, and/or my family?

The CDC Vaccine Information Statement (MMR) provides more information about the disease and its vaccine.


Page last updated: April 26, 2017