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Measles is an acute viral illness that can be prevented by Measles Vaccination (MMR Vaccination)

Vaccination schedule adapted from IAP* Advisory Committee of Vaccination & Immunization Practices (ACVIP) *Indian Academy of Pediatrics
What should you do if you miss the vaccination?
CATCH-UP VACCINATION

If you miss out the dose of these vaccinations during the stipulated time, you can consult with your doctor for a Catch-up Vaccination.

Did you know?
  • Vaccinations to help protect against measles are also available in combination with mumps and rubella.
  • Unvaccinated small children are the largest at-risk group for measles and its complications, including death.
Don’t Delay!

Talk to your doctor about the Measles Vaccination.

What is Measles?

Measles is a highly contagious, serious viral disease that infects the respiratory tract and spreads throughout the body.

How is Measles transmitted?

Measles is transmitted through respiratory droplets from infected individuals through coughing and sneezing or through direct contact.

What are the symptoms and complications of Measles?

The first sign of measles is usually high fever followed by other symptoms like:

  • Rash, usually on the face and upper neck, which can spread to the hands and feet
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red, watery eyes
  • Small white spots inside the cheeks

Serious complications are usually seen in children under the age of 5 or adults who are above 30 years. These complications can include:

  • Blindness
  • Encephalitis (an infection that causes brain swelling)
  • Severe diarrhoea and related dehydration
  • Ear infections or severe respiratory infections such as pneumonia
When should a child receive the Measles Vaccination (MMR Vaccination)?

Children should get three doses:

  • 1st dose at the age of 9 months
  • 2nd dose at the age of 15 months
  • 3rd dose between 4 to 6 years

The 3rd dose can also be administered at any time 8 weeks after the previous dose.

Catch-up vaccination:

  • All school-aged children and adolescents who have not previously received the Mumps Vaccination (MMR Vaccination), need to be given 2 doses
  • If they have been vaccinated once, then just a single dose needs to be administered
  • The minimum interval between 2 doses needs to be 4 weeks

However, consult your doctor for more information.

What are the common side effects associated with Measles Vaccination (MMR Vaccination)?

Most children do not have side effects after vaccination. The side effects, if any, are mostly mild and may include:

  • Soreness, swelling or redness at the area of vaccination
  • Fever
  • Minor rash
  • Temporary pain and stiffness in the joints

Rarely, the side effects could include a high fever that may lead to a seizure.

For more details on side effects, please consult your doctor.

FAQs

How can I protect my child against Measles?

The Measles Vaccination (MMR Vaccination) is one of the effective ways to protect children against Measles.

Who is at risk?

Mostly unvaccinated young children are at the highest risk. That does not discount others such as pregnant women* and non-immune people who are unvaccinated or have not developed immunity after vaccination.

*MMR vaccine needs to be taken 3 months before planning the pregnancy.

Who all should not receive a MMR vaccination?
  • Those who have ever had a serious and possibly life-threatening allergic reaction to a previous dose of measles vaccination or any specific component of the vaccination.
  • Those who are sick at the time of measles vaccination.
  • Please inquire with a doctor if the receiver:
  1. Has HIV/AIDS or any other disease that affects their immune system
  2. Is being treated with drugs that impact the immune system, such as steroids, for 2 weeks or longer
  3. Has any kind of cancer
  4. Is undergoing cancer treatment with drugs or radiation
  5. Recently had a transfusion or was given other blood products
  • Pregnant Women and women who are planning* a baby.

*Measles vaccination needs to be taken 3 months before planning the pregnancy.

A public awareness initiative by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited. Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai 400 030, India.

Information appearing in this material is for general awareness only. Nothing contained in this material constitutes medical advice. Please consult your doctor for any medical queries, any question or concern you may have regarding your condition. The disease list indicated for vaccination is not complete, please consult your child’s Paediatrician for the complete vaccination schedule. The doctor shown in this material is being used for illustrative purpose only and is a professional model. The disease representation icons/images and animation are for illustrative purpose only.

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The list of diseases mentioned here are the diseases featuring in the list of preventable diseases by IAP (Indian Academy of Pediatrics) in their routine and catchup vaccination recommendations. There could be diseases beyond the list which could affect the child. Please consult your pediatrician for more information.
A public awareness initiative by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited. Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai 400 030, India. Information appearing in this material is for general awareness only. Nothing contained in this material constitutes medical advice. Please consult your doctor for any medical queries, any question or concern you may have regarding your condition. The disease list indicated for vaccination is not complete, please consult your child’s Paediatrician for the complete vaccination schedule. The doctor shown in this material is being used for illustrative purpose only and is a professional model.
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