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Measles Infection and the MMR Vaccine in Pregnancy and Lactation

Authored by Dr. Tali Bogler –

Measles is a highly contagious infection caused by the measles virus. The symptoms usually include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes followed by a distinctive rash.
Measles is spread through contact with infected nasal or throat secretions (e.g., when an infected person coughs or sneezes) or breathing the same air as someone with measles. The virus can remain in the air or on infected surfaces for up to two hours. The airborne nature of the virus makes it highly contagious. This health topic is an expert opinion about Measles Infection and the MMR Vaccine during pregnancy and lactation. This health topic is intended for the public and health care providers.