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How your child can catch measles

Measles is spread in the tiny droplets that pass through the air after an infected person coughs or sneezes. You can catch it by:

  • breathing in the droplets
  • touching a surface the droplets have settled on
  • touching a person who has measles

The measles virus can stay in the air for up to 2 hours after an infected person has left a room.

The best way to prevent your child from getting measles is to make sure they have been vaccinated. If your child hasn't been vaccinated, avoid touching or being in the same room with anyone who has measles

Content supplied by the NHS and adapted for Ireland by the HSE.

Page last reviewed: 14/11/2018
Next review due: 14/11/2021