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

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Measles (Definition)

Measles (rubeola) is formerly common childhood viral infection that causes a fever with cough, runny nose, red eyes and a characteristic red rash. (cough, coryza and conjunctivitis). 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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