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Measles

What is measles?

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a measles virus. Measles infection causes a rash all over the body. Measles is very contagious - 9 out of 10 people that come into contact with someone who has measles will become infected if they are not protected. An unprotected person can get measles simply by being in a room where a person with measles has been, even up to two hours after that person has left. 

What are the symptoms of measles?

  • High fever 
  • Runny nose
  • Red eyes
  • Rash
 
Two or three days after symptoms begin, tiny white spots (Koplik spots) may appear inside the mouth.

Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash breaks out. It usually begins on the face at the hairline and spread downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet. 

How can I protect myself from measles? 

The best protection against measles is measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. MMR vaccine provides long-lasting protection against all strains of measles. 
 
The Wright Center's School-Based Health Center at WSIS for those students who do not have insurance or are underinsured:
 
Together in Health
West Scranton Intermediate School
1401 Fellows Street
 Scranton, PA 18504

Hours of Operation:
Monday: 8 am - 6 pm
Tuesday: 8 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 8 am - 6 pm 
Thursday: 8 am - 4:30 pm
Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm