Between 6 February and 31 March 2023, the Western Cape Department of Health will be providing one measles booster immunisation for every child aged 6 months to 15 years.
Measles is a highly contagious, serious disease caused by a virus. It is caused by a virus in the paramyxovirus family and it is normally passed through direct contact and through the air. The virus infects the respiratory tract, then spreads throughout the body.
The measles virus also weakens the immune system and makes a child more vulnerable to other infectious diseases like pneumonia and diarrhoea.
While no specific antiviral treatment exists for measles virus, vaccination remains your child’s best defence.