Measles is a highly contagious virus spread through coughing and sneezing that can live for up to two hours in the air. Symptoms of measles include fever, a red blotchy rash, red watery eyes and Koplik (white) spots in the mouth. Measles is prevented by vaccination. Children in Ontario receive two doses of measles-containing vaccine before the age of 7. Endemic measles has been eliminated in Canada; however, imported cases continue to occur.
To obtain or inquire about an immunization record, or for general immunization information, please contact your local public health unit.
PHO Grand Rounds: Measles and varicella maternal antibody waning in Ontario infants
In this presentation, we will outline the epidemiology of measles and varicella. We will also describe a study performed at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto to investigate immunity to measles and varicella in infants that are less than 12 months of age.