Protect yourself and your family from measles

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat, and is followed by a rash that spreads all over the body. About three out of 10 people who get measles will develop one or more complications including pneumonia, ear infections, or diarrhea. Complications are more common in adults and young children. There is a vaccine to protect against measles. Contact your local health or health care provider for information. For more information about measles, please visit: Georgia Department of Public Health  or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention