Measles is a disease caused by a virus. Mild symptoms include fever, rash, cough, and pink eye, but it can lead to ear infections, pneumonia, and inflammation of the brain. The virus is spread through the air.
If you didn’t get the measles vaccine as child, you may need to get it as an adult. In general, everyone age 18 and older born after 1956 who has not had measles needs at least one dose of the measles vaccine. All adults should consider getting vaccinated for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella. The vaccine is usually given in two or three doses. Trade name for the MMR vaccine is M-M-R II®. Department of Health and Human Services