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Baby Measles Contagious
Extremely: Measles is transmitted via the respiratory route and an infected person can infect others up to 7 days prior to showing symptoms and up to 3-4 days after the onset of symptoms. It is important to protect yourself against this infection with the the MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) vaccination. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: The clinical course of measles has 3 stages a. Incubation period at least eight days while asymptomatic b. Prodrome stage; symptomatic and c. Skin rashes; 5 days after the onset of symptoms an individual with measles can spread the disease to others for about 8 days; starting 4 days before the symptoms appears and ending when the rash has been present for 4 days. ...Read more
My kid got high fever followed by rashes like measles with brown vesicles extensively. What could be that? Is that contagious?
Call doc or ER: You do not say how old your kid is, or if any other symptoms. I am concerned when you say brown vesicles all over. If an google image search of chicken pox does not show you an almost exact similarity, then this could be very serious. Call his doctor right now or go to the ER. Best of luck! ...Read more
What is viral exanthematous fever ? My kid got this but doc told this is not measles a or chickenpox and lesions are not contagious. Please clarify.
When do people usually get vaccinated against measles? Is safe to vaccinate babies and young children?
Depends/very much so: In the US the schedule starts the MMR series at a year with a booster at 4-5 yrs. In a local epidemic or when traveling in a worrisome area it can be given 1st at 6 mo but the dose wouldn't count other than to provide temporary protection. A repeat at 1yr would be required & considered the start of the series. Vaccines in infants & children are one of the best health advances in the 20th century. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Confusing question: In the us the measles vaccine is offered as early as 6 mo of age for those traveling to areas where the disease is prevalent, or 1 yr if not with another booster at 4-5..This can prevent measles. Unimmunized infants can become infected and some do in the us.It is a terrible illness in most and can result in death.. ...Read more
Vaccinate!: Measles is very very preventable - the MMR vaccine (the only available product for measles prevention in the US) is safe and should be used universally. There is absolutely no connection between giving MMR vaccine and conditions such as autism. There are many studies available to document this from very credible sources, especially the CDC. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Yes: Immunity from measles following natural infection is considered life-long, barring any underlying immune disorder. Of course, there are always exceptions to this, although uncommon. Your doctor should be able to send a blood test to check your antibody titers against measles to help you determine if you are still at risk. ...Read more
Depends: A lot of what people label is measles is really not. There are a lot of viral & some bacterial diseases that produce extensive measles like rashes so getting measles from your sister require that it really be measles. You could get what she has if you've never had it just by living with her. If you were vaccinated your risks are minimal. If not you will know soon. ...Read more
Vulnerable groups: Recent cases in Houston and Ohio have been traced to cases brought in by international travelers. Unvaccinated infants and some that had only one dose are most vulnerable to the disease, which can produce death or disability. The surge in vaccine deniers makes the possibility of community outbreaks more likely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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