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Doctor insights on: Can You Get Measles More Than Once In Your Life

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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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Can you get measles more than once?

Can you get measles more than once?

Measles: Diseases such as chicken pox and measles are rarely caught more than once. As immune res-ponce from infections by virus infection in life long. ...Read more

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Why do people get influenza more than once but measles just once?

Why do people get influenza more than once but measles just once?

Viruses not same: Influenza and measles are different viruses. Once infected with measles, we produce antibodies that preventing it from infecting cells in the body on repeated exposures. Though a similar response occurs to influenza, over time (ie a year) this virus alters the areas on its surface so that our antibodies we made the year prior, can't stop the "mutated" influenza virus from infecting cells. ...Read more

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How come most of us get the "childhood diseases" such as measles and chicken box only once?

How come most of us get the "childhood diseases" such as measles and chicken box only once?

Immunizations.....: Have dramatically reduced the incidence of many childhood afflictions, some that were life-threatening or associated with significant morbidity. They are among the great success stories of modern medicine. Proof of this is represented by the difficulty young physicians have diagnosing illnesses that were once common. Notably, we are now seeing these illnesses develop in those with waning immunity. ...Read more

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Does a child ever have measles more than once?

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

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Who can get the measles?

Who can get the measles?

Not vaccinated: You can get measles if you haven't been vaccinated against measles. The MMR [measles, mumps, rubella] vaccine gives you 95-98% protection after the 2nd dose, which is pretty darn good. Usually you don't get measles if you've already had it once. ...Read more

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Can you get measles again?

Confusing question: Wild measles is thought to provide lifetime immunity. The vaccine has been available in some form since 1963, but the early dosing schedule did not confer immunity to all. By the 1990's a second dose brought most into full immunity.If you had wild measles you are likely immune. Many viruses produce similar rashes and some labeled measles were likely something else. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get measles as an adult?

Is it possible to get measles as an adult?

Yes: Yes it is possible If you have never been immunized and never had Measles before and get exposed to any one with Measles an Adult can get Measles ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could get measles because of my dog ?

Can you tell me if i could get measles because of my dog ?

No: Many germs including the measles virus are selective in who they infect.The measles virus is one.Humans are the only natural carrier or target for measles.It does not infect dogs. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can you get measles or any other disease from a parcel that was delivered from a different country ? Basically can diseases live on packages and the items that come with it?

Usually not: Viruses usually need living hosts to survive. Measles virus is intracellular. The virus spreads by the respiratory route via aerosol droplets and respiratory secretions which can remain infectious for several hours. The infection is acquired through the upper respiratory tract or conjunctiva. ...Read more

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Could i still get the measles if i've been vaccinated?

Yes: The percentage of full protection after a single dose runs about 85 % while a 2 dose series brings most up to over 95%. Imported cases from other countries represent our main risk of exposure, with an increasing problem of secondary cases in the unimmunized or partially immunized. ...Read more

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Could you still get the measles if you've been vaccinated?

Could you still get the measles if you've been vaccinated?

Some do: Protection after one dose is estimated as 85% with a second dose raising that rate to >95%.Recent US outbreaks (Houston) have been linked to imported cases (air travel) that passed the germs to kids with only one dose or no vaccines. ...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. ...Read more

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There has been a measles outbreak near where i am, should I get the second measles jab soon?

Would not hurt : Please excuse the pun.There are various estimates on protection from a single measles shot, .Approaching 95% and during outbreaks even people with 2 shots have become infected.Another shot will not hurt your immune system if you are immune but it might prevent you from getting it now. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i kiss my girlfriend who has had measles for weeks already, would i get measles?

Measles exposure: If you have had the measles vaccination in your infancy or have had moth kinds of measles, you are essentially immune. If you have not the disease or the shots you could come down with measles. ...Read more

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If I have had the main measles jab but not the booster one. Is there a chance i could get them again?

Yes: The primary measles vaccine is thought to be protective for 80%+ of recipients while the booster brings that into the high 90's. You may be at risk and not know it. A measles antibody titre could tell you if you are or you could just get the shot. ...Read more