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How do you treat measles?

Page last updated 19 January 2022

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

2. NSW Government. Measles Fact Sheet. Available at: (accessed December 2021).

3. Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Measles. Available at: (accessed December 2021).


MAT-AU-2102479  Date of preparation January 2022