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Measles is a severe illness caused by the measles virus. It is very contagious and spreads easily. Measles can spread through the air when an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes. One person in every 3,000 with measles may die from complications. For more information on measles, see HealthLinkBC File #14b Measles or our Measles Health Feature.
Because of immunization, measles is now rare in Canada. The Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) and the Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella (MMRV) vaccines are provided free as part of your child’s routine immunization schedule. It may also be provided free to certain older children or adults. For more information about the vaccines, see HealthLinkBC File #14a Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Vaccine, HealthLinkBC File #14e Measles, Mumps, Rubella or Varicella (MMRV) Vaccine or visit ImmunizeBC.
For more information about routine immunizations, visit HealthLink BC - B.C. Immunization Schedules.