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How do you treat measles?

Page last updated 23 March 2020

There is no specific medical treatment for measles and if infected, the virus has to run its course. 

If you do have symptoms of measles, you should see your GP as soon as possible, but call ahead to allow staff to limit your contact with other people in the clinic. The symptoms of measles are usually treated with bed rest, fluids, and other appropriate treatments.

You should also stay home and away from other people. This way, you lower the chances of spreading the virus to other people.

In the case of complications of a measles infection, you may require urgent treatment, which may include hospitalisation.

As there is no cure for measles, the best preventative measure is vaccination.

Sources & Citations

4. Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Measles. Available at: (accessed 10 March 2020).

5. NSW Government. Measles Fact Sheet. Available at: (accessed 10 March 2020).

9. healthdirect Australia. What does measles rash look like? Available at: (accessed 10 March 2020).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0133(2)a - Date of preparation March 2020