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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Measles (Definition)

Also known as rubeola, this is a formerly common childhood viral infection that causes a fever with cough, runny nose, red eyes, and a characteristic red rash. Rare complications include pneumonia and encephalitis. The ...Read more


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Is it possible to get the measles as an adult, after being vaccinated twice as a child?

Is it possible to get the measles as an adult, after being vaccinated twice as a child?

Measle immunity: It is rare to contract measles again after having had 2 doses of the vaccine. Ifever ithat happens, the symptoms will be very mild.

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Child due for MMR booster next yr but I have measles should she get booster now?

Child due for MMR booster next yr but I have measles should she get booster now?

Can give early: You can give the measles shot portion of the MMR as young as 6 months if there is a high risk of the disease. See your doctor or health department. Your doctor may not carry just the measles shot. The child would still need the MMR at 1 year of age and a booster at 4-6 years.

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With the recent outbreak of measles, would adults have to get re-vaccinated if they originally got vaccinated as a child decades ago?

With the recent outbreak of measles, would adults have to get re-vaccinated if they originally got vaccinated as a child decades ago?

If you had 2 doses : Of MMR at least 28 days apart as a child, no. If born after 1957, college students, cruise ship passengers ; crew, international travelers, medical workers ; women of child-bearing age are at high risk. Get titers if unsure. If low, get an MMR a month before conception, vaccine phobia is bringing back horrible diseases that were eradicated from the us. Congenital rubella is devastating.

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Is it possible to get measles even if I've had the vaccine as a child?

Is it possible to get measles even if I've had the vaccine as a child?

Yes: All vaccines have a known failure percentage with some more than others. Measles as part of the MMR was given as a single dose to many kids up until the mid 1990's when it became evident a 2nd dose was needed.Today we occasionally see local measles after exposure to imported (international travel) cases.Docs can verify your protective antibodies with a blood test.

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Will I get measles after I touched my baby sister with measles?

Will I get measles after I touched my baby sister with measles?

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.

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Does a child ever have measles more than once?

Does a child ever have measles more than once?

Measles immunity: The answer is no. Infection with the measles virus confers lifelong immunity.

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Does having measles as a child protect you as an adult?

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.

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Why would one child getting measles trigger a city-wide health alert?

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.

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If someone's child has the measles is it possible for the adult to be a carrier?

If someone's child has the measles is it possible for the adult to be a carrier?

No: No carrier state in measles . Once you get the disease you develop antibodies for life . You can transmit the disease only in the acute phase or when you have the active measles infection . Not otherwise. Hence we advocate to immunize all kids . This is to prevent active infection and it's spread from person to person .

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Why is an adult not likely to catch measles as an adult if he had measles as a child?

Why is an adult not likely to catch measles as an adult if he had measles as a child?

Get it only once: If you had measles as a child it will provide you with life long immunity, therefore you will not get it again.

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How can I prevent my child from getting measles?

How can I prevent my child from getting measles?

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.

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If my child has the measles, how long is she infectious?

Yes: A child with measles is generally contagious from 3 - 5 days before the rash to 4 days after the rash appears.

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Unvaccinated child with measles. What is the chance of a child dying or having severe complications from the measles?

Happens: Case fatality rates run 1-3/1000 while significant brain damage from measles encephalitis runs 1/1000. Individual pre-illness health and underlying conditions can increase personal risk.

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I was born in 1987 and remember getting shots as a child. Am I immune to measles?

I was born in 1987 and remember getting shots as a child. Am I immune to measles?

Likely: Most states required this vaccination or evidence of prior disease before school entry.The vaccine itself has been available in its present from since the 70's. You can have a blood test if you want to be sure.

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Are antibiotics given for me to are antibiotics given for measles and how do I know if my child has it?

Are antibiotics given for me to are antibiotics given for measles and how do I know if my child has it?

Measles Rx: Antibiotics are not used to treat Measles, as this is a viral infection which will not respond to any current antibiotic. Diagnosis of measles is typically done by a physician by physical findings, vaccination status and bloodwork.

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How long do I wait to give my child the second shot of seperate measles, mumps, & rubella?

Until 4-5 yrs old: If your chilod had a MMR shot at age 12-15 months, then the next due will be at 4-5 years before he enters kindergarten. If he did not have yet, then i would give one right away, and the second one would be at 4-5 years.

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How can you tell if a child has the measles rash?

How can you tell if a child has the measles rash?

Typical symptoms: Within seven to 14 days after getting infected with the measles, the first symptoms will appear. The earliest symptoms feel like a cold or the flu, with a fever, cough, runny nose, and sore throat. Often the eyes get red and runny. Three to five days later, a red or reddish-brown rash forms and spreads down the body from head to foot. 2-3 days later you may start to see tiny spots inside the mouth

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Could you tell me if my child has measles can I carry the virus and infect other children?

No: This viru is carried through the air but you have head the measles or the vaccine and should not be able to carry it.