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  MMR vaccination
What are the measles?
What are the mumps?
What is rubella?
So what's the MMR vaccine?
Why are people worried about MMR?
What's the alternative to MMR?

 
Sick child What are the measles?
Measles is an infection caused by a virus and is most common in children between the ages of one and four.

It's infectious and spreads through coughing and sneezing. The symptoms are a runny nose, sore eyes, cough and fever.

A rash then appears and it can cause diarrhoea, being sick and tummy pain. Usually it clears up after a couple of weeks.

But in some cases, it can be dangerous for children. It can cause a very bad cough, breathing problems, ear infections, pneumonia and eye infections.

On rare occasions - one in 100,000 cases - it can infect the brain and cause brain damage.


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