Childhood Diseases

  1. Measles
  2. Mumps
  3. Whooping Cough

Measles is a viral infection that can be very serious for small children. It is easily prevented by a vaccine, generally given as two doses of a combination MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine: the first dose when infants are 12-15 months old, and the second dose at 4-6 years old.

The measles virus spreads easily through the air from the tiny droplets caused by coughing or sneezing. Symptoms appear 10-14 days after exposure and most noticeably include a rash. Other symptoms can include coughing, running rose, sore throat, and a high fever.

SGCHD keeps track of measles cases in our community, figuring out the starting point and helping to stop the spread of the virus.