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Measles Information

Updated: Mar 14

You are probably hearing a lot of news about measles recently. Do you have questions?


Here’s some important information, and you can also find more on the Ottawa Public Health website.


  • Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease that spreads through close contact.

  • Protect yourself and others!

    • Wear a mask in crowded public spaces, or if you are sick

    • Wash your hands often

    • Cough/sneeze into your elbow

    • Stay at home and away from others if you are not feeling well


  • Symptoms appear within 7-21 days of exposure, and include:

    • Early symptoms: Fever, cough, stuffy/runny nose, conjunctivitis (pink eye), drowsiness/irritability in infants, possible small white spots in the mouth

    • Rash: Usually appears on day 3-7 of illness, red, blotchy, starts on the face and spreads across the body


  • If you get sick:

    • Stay at home and away from others

    • Treatment includes rest, drinking fluids and symptom management (eg. Tylenol/Advil for fever)

    • If you need to be seen at our clinic, it is important to let us know ahead of time that you think you have measles. You must wear a mask.

Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent getting sick with measles, or spreading it to others.

Age Range / Year of Birth

Immunization Recommendation

6 months to under 12 months

May get 1 dose if travelling

Will need to restart the full series at 12 months

12 months to 54 years (born after 1970)

2 doses

Over 54 years (born before 1970)

May get 1 dose

Presumed to have natural immunity

If you meet the recommendations above, you are up to date with your measles vaccination.

There are no “boosters” for measles.

  • Check your “yellow card” (Personal Immunization Record) and/or other immunization records. It is often written as a “MMR” or “”MMR-V” vaccine.

  • If you are not sure about your vaccine history, or have more questions about the vaccine, here are some resources for information and getting vaccines:

  • Talk to your primary care team - Are you a registered Primary Care client? If so, Call Medical Reception at 613-233-4697


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