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Measles is an acute viral illness spread by infected respiratory droplets. Symptoms, after a ten-day incubation period, can include corzya, conjunctivitis, bronchitis, Koplik spots, rash and fever. Measles is a 'notifiable' disease, meaning that doctors are required by law to report suspected cases.A vaccine against measles exists and since 1988 has been administered as part of the combined MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine.

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MMR: the facts (opens new window)

Experts advise that MMR is the safest vaccination option.

Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (opens new window)

Advises UK health ministers on communicable diseases that can be prevented by immunisation.

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