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Measles is a vaccine-preventable disease

Which Diseases Do Vaccines Protect Against?1

The Canadian publicly funded health care system offers protection against 13 vaccine-preventable diseases, TB protection in certain areas and HPV vaccine for older children.


Measles is an extremely contagious disease caused by the measles virus. It can be spread through coughing, sneezing, or through direct contact with secretions from the nose or throat of an infected person.

Measles causes fever, runny nose, drowsiness, and irritability as well as a characteristic red, blotchy rash that begins on the face then spreads across the body. Rare but serious complications of measles include diarrhea, pneumonia, brain infection, and death.

Vaccination can protect your child from measles. Vaccination of all children is recommended in Canada.

  1. Public Health Agency of Canada. Vaccine-preventable diseases.
    Accessed March 17, 2016.
  2. Public Health Agency of Canada. Measles. Accessed February 27, 2014.