Did You Know – About Measles?

DID YOU KNOW… Measles can cause pneumonia or brain infection in your baby?


  • Measles pneumonia is a complication that can happen in 6 of every 100 children with measles.
  • One in every 1000 children with measles can get brain infection (encephalitis) as a complication.
  • Two children die out of every 1000 children with measles, with total 300,000 deaths worldwide in 2008.

DID YOU KNOW… Babies generally do not get vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) until they are at least 12 months old?


ASK YOUR DOCTOR about MMR for those taking care of your children. 

MMR is a live virus vaccine. Women who are pregnant, and persons with serious immune system problems generally should NOT receive live vaccines. 

  • The first dose of MMR is given after the child is 12 months’ old because the vaccine provides better long-term immunity after the child is a year old.

DID YOU KNOW… One dose of MMR vaccine is not 100% protective for measles?


  • 5 out of 100 children who have received only 1 dose of MMR vaccine can still catch measles. The second dose of MMR is required for full, long-lasting protection.

DID YOU KNOW…MMR #2, is now recommended at 15-18 months?


  • Singapore’s National Childhood Immunization Schedule (NCIS) now recommends that the second dose of MMR be given at 15-18 months of age, instead of waiting until Primary 1 (age 6+).
  • This new recommendation came into effect December 1, 2011.

DID YOU KNOW… lower MMR vaccination rates in developing countries may mean your domestic worker (maid) taking care of your children may not be immune?


  • If caregivers for your child have never been protected by 2 doses of MMR vaccine, if they do catch measles, mumps or rubella, they can transmit these infections to your young children.

Written by A/Prof (Adj) Lim Poh Lian – Head, THVC