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Are HIV patients ok to get an MMR measles vaccination?

Are HIV patients ok to get an MMR measles vaccination?

Not really: As a live attenuated vaccine, we avoid them in immunocompromised people. Most people have been immunized with MMR as children anyway but if an HIV infected person who is susceptible to measles is in the midst of a measles outbreak, the measles vaccine is way better than wild type measles. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Hiv (Definition)

Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more


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Can you tell me what you suggest if im vaccinated for MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) can I still pass the mumps onto others?

Not that likely: Even though you have received the MMR vaccination, it is still possible to be infected. It makes it less likely, but it is still possible. Immunity may wane over time and booster vaccinations are given to help the immune cells remember the response to fight the disease. ...Read more

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If my son was vaccinated against MMR and still got the disease, will it be less dangerous ? Can it still be fatal ? Which age groups die from measles?

If my son was vaccinated against MMR and still got the disease, will it be less dangerous ? Can it still be fatal ? Which age groups die from measles?

Modified measles...: Measles vaccine is VERY effective. "Modified measles"--measles in a vaccinated person--is much milder than the full disease; symptoms are less severe, much less likely to develop complications. Pneumonia, croup, & encephalitis are common causes of death from full measles; encephalitis is the most common cause of long-term problems. Complication/death rates are higher in those 20 years old. ...Read more

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Is it true that if my unvaccinated children were exposed to measles, if I get them the MMR vaccine within 72 hours of exposure, they'll be protected?

Is it true that if my unvaccinated children were exposed to measles, if I get them the MMR vaccine within 72 hours of exposure, they'll be protected?

MMR after exposure: According to the CDC, administration of the measles vaccine after an exposure MAY offer some protection or make an infection less severe if given within 72 hours. One dose of MMR is 93% effective at preventing future measles when given to people not already infected, but it takes about 5 weeks. 97% are immune following the recommended booster, and immunity is felt to be lifelong. ...Read more

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Born in 1975. I think I got measles vaccine but not sure type (live or killed virus) and if got 1 shot or 2. Do I need get current MMR vaccine?

Born in 1975.   I think I got measles vaccine but not sure type (live or killed virus) and if got 1 shot or 2.  Do I need get current MMR vaccine?

MMR for adults: Persons vaccinated before 1979 with either killed mumps vaccine or mumps vaccine of unknown type who are at high risk for mumps infection should be considered for revaccination with 2 doses of MMR vaccine. High risk adults are healthcare workers, travel internationally or are college students. Your doctor can send a blood test to check the status of your immunity before repeating vaccinations. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids), [1][2] a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more