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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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?
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