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'It may be measles', London, England, 1927-1969

This poster alerts parents to the symptoms of measles: watery eyes, runny nose and a dry cough. Measles is most common in children between the ages of one and four, although anyone can catch the virus. Treatment of this infectious virus, spread by direct physical contact or by droplets from the cough of an infected person, is usually rest and plenty of fluids. A measles vaccine was introduced in 1968 in the UK.

Object number:

1999-241/32

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Glossary: poster

Notice, usually printed on paper, intended to be posted to advertise, promote, or publicise an activity, cause, product, or service; also, decorative, mass-produced prints intended for hanging.

Glossary: measles

Disease caused by a virus most commonly found in children. Measles is spread through airborne fluids. In roughly the last 150 years, measles has been estimated to have killed 200 million people worldwide.