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When to get urgent medical help for measles

There is a 1 in 2 chance you or your child will need to spend time in hospital if you develop measles.

Get urgent medical help if you or your child has measles and has:

  • shortness of breath
  • a sharp chest pain that feels worse when breathing
  • coughed up blood
  • drowsiness
  • confusion
  • fits or convulsions

Go to your nearest emergency department or call 999 or 112 for an ambulance immediately if you have any of these symptoms. Tell the call handler or hospital your child has measles before you arrive

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

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