Measles (Rubeola)

Rash associated with measles (Rubeola)Measles is a highly contagious illness. Initial symptoms of measles include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes, which can last about a week. The measles virus spreads through coughing, sneezing, and contact with secretions from the nose, mouth, and throat of an infected individual. The virus can live in the air for several hours after a person coughs or sneezes.

Measles vaccine, which has been commonly used for more than 50 years, can safely and effectively prevent this disease. People should have their health care providers review their immunization records and get vaccinated against the measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases as appropriate. Measles vaccine is available through primary care physicians and Health Department clinics.

Learn more about measles and the vaccine from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Virginia Department of Health:  Measles Fact Sheet - English | Measles Fact Sheet - Spanish

Contact Fairfax County: Phone, Email or Twitter | Main Address: 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035
Technical Questions: Web Administrator

ADA Accessibility | Website Accessibility
Awards | FOIA | Mobile | Using this Site | Web Disclaimer & Privacy Policy | Get Adobe Reader
Official site of the County of Fairfax, Virginia, © Copyright 2013

Website Feedback Website Feedback    Globe with various flags representing Web site language translations   Language Translations

Return to Graphic Version