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Where can you get measles?

Measles is one of the most contagious diseases known in the world. Measles virus is quickly transmitted from a sick person by airborne droplets, that is, when inhaling the smallest droplets of mucus that got into the air when the patient sneezes, coughs, or simply talks. This virus can live in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours after a sick person has left the room.

It is precisely because of the high contagiousness of measles that you can get infected anywhere: at school, in kindergarten, at work, in the subway, in a minibus, in a taxi (if a sick person was driving in front of you), in a store, in a gym, in a swimming pool, on a playground.

There is no medicine against measles. However, there is only one reliable protection against measles - vaccination!

Two doses of the vaccine are enough to protect against the disease. They are made even in childhood: at 1 year and 6 years. If your child has missed a scheduled vaccination, it is necessary to catch up as soon as possible!

Measles vaccinations are safe, effective and free of charge for children up to and including 17 years of age. They can be done at the pediatrician/family doctor or at the vaccination center. Mobile vaccination teams can visit children with reduced mobility, remote communities and children's groups.

Information about vaccination points in your area (addresses and working hours) and how to call a vaccination team to your home, community or team can be obtained by calling the contact center of the Ministry of Health at the number: 0 800 60 20 19

Source: Ministry of Health

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