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Measles Vaccine Rash

What is the measles vaccine?

The live measles vaccine has prevented many deaths and serious complications of the disease. The vaccine is given to children over 12 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 101°F to 103°F (38.4°C to 39.5°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 “My Child Is Sick,” American Academy of Pediatrics Books.
Pediatric Advisor 2015.3 published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2009-06-21
Last reviewed: 2015-06-11
This content is reviewed periodically and is subject to change as new health information becomes available. The information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional.
Copyright ©1986-2015 Barton D. Schmitt, MD FAAP. All rights reserved.
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