Can measles be prevented?

Yes. Infection with the measles virus can be prevented through vaccination with the MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccine.

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What can prevent measles and german measles?

Measles. Measles, or rubeola, is prevented by a vaccine given to children at about 18 months of age. German measles, or rubella, is also prevedted by a vaccine given at the same time. Its called an MMR and also includes mumps vaccine. Read more...
It's called vaccines. Vaccines for these diseases have been around for decades and are quite safe and effective when used as recommended.Today in the US ,the MMR is a combinattion vaccine that includes 3 weakened but live viruses that are administered at 1 and 4-5 years. This confers immunity in 95% after both doses. There is no way to kill the viruses if you get these diseases. Read more...

How can I prevent my child from getting measles?

Immunize. The most effective way to prevent measles is the safe and effective measles vaccine. Read more...
Vaccinate! Measles is very very preventable - the MMR vaccine (the only available product for measles prevention in the US) is safe and should be used universally. There is absolutely no connection between giving MMR vaccine and conditions such as autism. There are many studies available to document this from very credible sources, especially the CDC. Read more...
Vaccine. Short answer: get the vaccine. Best way, and easiest, to avoid the measles. Obviously if you hear of exposure, make sure you're being careful and following recommendations, but being vaccinated is first and foremost the best and only sure fire way to avoid measles. The vaccine is proven safe, with low risk, and highly effective. Read more...
MMR is... ...Pretty much it. When properly administered to compliant populations, it drops the odds of getting measles to less than one in a million. I would not decline MMR unless you can provide your child a spacesuit, or a desert island, 24/7 forever. Read more...
Avoid measles cases. An 8-month old child (or any child 3-11 months old) is too young to get the measles vaccine, so must avoid contact with people who may have measles. If an 8-month old must visit a place where there is measles in the community, the baby can get a gamma-globulin shot to get temporary protection from measles. Babies 0-3 months of age got antibodies through the placenta, but only if mom was immune. Read more...

Two of my colleagues have been diagnosed with measles. What should I be looking out for? Is there any way to prevent getting ill?

Immunization. There is evidence that the measles immunization given within 72 hrs of exposure can protect some. For vulnerable persons the measles immunoglobulin can be given up to 6 days after exposure & will reduce the effects of the illness. This can all be discussed with your primary care provider who would know what if any of these are available in your area. Read more...