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  • Measles is a highly contagious viral illness that causes a skin rash and fever.
  • Measles can cause serious and potentially life-threating complications including pneumonia and encephalitis. 
  • Measles is rare in Australia because of widespread vaccination.
  • Vaccination is important because it prevents the measles virus from spreading in the community.
  • If you think you have measles, seek medical care. Call your doctor before attending a clinic and wear a mask to prevent spreading infection to other people.
  • People who have been exposed to measles and are not immune may be given preventive treatment.

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Reviewed on: 29-05-2023