It is important for children to be vaccinated by the measles vaccination for it is a highly dangerous infection for their health. In the current measles epidemic sweeping the country, 15 percent of those children that have been infected were hospitalized with pneumonia, hepatitis and blood disorders. While post measles pneumonia is the leading cause of death in children who are infected. Although is not yet seen in the current epidemic, it is expected that one of every 1, 000 infected children will develop acute encephalitis with residual brain damage.
Measles also causes a rare, but fatal degenerative disease of the central nervous system characterized by intellectual deterioration and seizures that generally develop seven to ten years after the initial infection occurs.