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Measles is a highly contagious viral infection. Once quite prevalent, measles is now rare thanks to immunization.



Measles is a very contagious illness caused by a virus, called paramyxovirus . It is a serious and trying disease. A measles vaccine is part of the standard immunization schedule of all preschoolers. In Canada, the vaccine is only available as a combined vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella. Adequate immunization is probably the best available protection against this illness.
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