Measles is a serious illness caused by a virus and it is very contagious - very easily spread to other people. It is usually spread by droplets (through coughing, sneezing, runny nose, or runny eyes).
Children in Australia are immunised against measles at 12 and 18 months. (There is more about this in the Childhood Immunisation Program on the SA Health website)
A child or adult who has not been immunised is very likely .to catch it if exposed to a person who has measles. Measles has been brought into Australia by international travellers, and could spread easily among people who have not been immunised.
Measles is not just one of the things that children catch and get over. Children often get very sick with measles and they can have serious health problems and even die. Adults can also become very unwell if they get measles.
For information about measles
Department of Health, South Australia
Raising Children Network (Australian Goverment site)
Immunise Australia Program. There is much information about immunisation and infectious diseases, including frequently asked questions:
Pregnancy, birth and baby
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.