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Can You Get Measles More Than Once In Your Life
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
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
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
No: Surviving the infection appears to grant life-long immunity. ...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
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
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
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
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
Can you tell me if I kiss my girlfriend who has had measles for weeks already, would I get measles?
If I have had the main measles jab but not the booster one. Is there a chance I could get them again?
I have had measles in childhood. Do adults need to get vaccinated if they had them before, or does natural immunity stay for a lifetime?
Recurrent measles, what is the cause and the maximum number of times measles can reoccur in a person who has been infected once already?
Odd statement: There are a large number of processes that may produce a "measles like" rash. There is also more than one measles. I suspect you are referring to someone who has had such reactions and either self labeled or been labeled as recurrent measles. To document measles you need blood tests, or a doc that has seen it before and knows true measles well. It doesn't recur unless you have an immune defect. ...Read more
What are my kid's chances of getting measles if he was only vaccinated once before three years and got in a brief contact with aboy who has measles?
Measles vaccine: Immunity to measles develops in 95-98% of children who are vaccinated at age 12-15 months. A small proportion (less than 5%) loses antibodies after several years. More than 99% of chilren who receives 2 doses separated by at least 4 weeks develop long term immunity to Measles. ...Read more
Clinic: You can have your mealse titer checked by a clinical lab. Whemever gave you your shot also has a record of it. ...Read more
AKA 3 DAY MEASLES: Is transmitted via coughing or sneezing, it is not the same disease as measles. Common symptoms may be so mild that they may go unnoticed. When symptoms are present, yhey typically consist of low grade fever, headache, runny or stuffy nose, irritated or swollen eyes, back of the neck gland swelling, behind ears or base of skull and joint pain. The most common symptom is a rash trunk to extremiti. ...Read more
Different viruses: Having German measles, which is milder, gives you lifelong immunity only to German Measles. If you were never vaccinated (MMR) which would be quite odd at your age, you could get the more serious red measles. Try to clarify with your parents whether you ever got the MMR. It was available when you were little. ...Read more
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