Measles causes a blotchy rash and high fever. Back when the vaccine was not available, many people died from measles. Many think it’s a rare disease, but it has been making a comeback. In 2011, the U.S had the most people sick with measles in 15 years. It only takes travelling somewhere where measles is common to catch the disease. That’s what happened to a kid in San Diego who didn’t get vaccinated and caught the measles in Europe. After returning home, he spread the disease to other kids at school and at the doctor’s office. Some, including a small baby, got very ill. Unfortunately, today some people don’t get their shots because they think the disease is gone.
This virus spreads easily by coughing and sneezing. At its worse, measles can cause pneumonia, ear infections, loss of hearing, and death.