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How do you treat measles?

Page last updated 26 June 2018

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 visit your GP for confirmation. They may suggest treating your symptoms with bed rest, fluids, and other appropriate treatments. 

You should also stay home and away from other people, as well as practice good personal hygiene, including using tissues to cover your nose and mouth when you cough and/or sneeze, and regularly washing your hands. 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 (hospitalisation). 

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

Sources & Citations

  1. NSW Government, Department of Health, Measles Fact Sheet. Available at (accessed 7 April 2018)
  2. Victorian Government, Better Health Channel, Measles. Available at (accessed 7 April 2018).
  3. Centers for Disease Control, Measles – Frequently Asked Questions about Measles in the US. Available at (accessed 7 April 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0133a - Date of preparation May 2018