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    Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and can sometimes lead to serious complications. However, it’s now uncommon in the UK because of the effectiveness of the MMR Vaccination.

    The initial symptoms of measles develop around 10 days after you are infected. These can include:

    • cold-like symptoms
    • red eyes and sensitivity to light
    • a high temperature (fever)
    • greyish white spots in the mouth and throat

    How to Prevent Measles

    The most effective way of preventing measles is to have the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

    The first MMR Vaccination is routinely given when your child is around 13 months old and get a second is given before your child starts school.

    Adults and 6-13 month old children can also have the MMR vaccine if they are at risk of catching measles. For example, vaccination may be recommended if there is an outbreak of measles in your local area, or if you have been in close contact with someone who has measles.

    Read more about preventing measles.

    When to see your GP

    You should contact Riverside as soon as possible if you suspect that you or your child may have measles.

    It’s best to phone before you visit as Riverside may need to make arrangements to reduce the risk of spreading the infection to others.

    Riverside will usually be able to diagnose measles from the combination of symptoms, although a sample of your saliva may be tested to confirm the diagnosis.