The live measles vaccine has prevented many deaths and serious complications of the disease. The vaccine is given to children over 12Â months of age.
What is a measles vaccine rash?
About 20% of children develop some mild symptoms 7 to 10 days after they are vaccinated with the measles vaccine. A slight pink rash on the body usually lasts 2 or 3 days. Your child may also have a fever of 101Â°F to 103Â°F (38.4Â°C to 39.5Â°C). The fever lasts less than 3 days.
How can I take care of my child?
None is needed. The measles vaccine rash is harmless and not contagious.
When should I call my healthcare provider?
Call your child’s healthcare provider IMMEDIATELY if the rash changes to purple spots or dots.
Call during office hours if:
The rash becomes itchy.
The rash lasts more than 3 days.
You have other questions or concerns.
Written by Barton D. Schmitt, MD, author of â€œMy Child Is Sick,â€ American Academy of Pediatrics Books.
Pediatric Advisor 2015.1 published by RelayHealth. Last modified: 2009-06-21 Last reviewed: 2014-06-10
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