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What are measles? Why was it a threat to children in the 1950's?

What are measles? Why was it a threat to children in the 1950's?

The measles virus: This is one of many viral diseases that caused epidemics around the world and killed a significant percentage of its victims. It has been credited with decimating the native american population in the US after arriving with the Spanish. After the measles vaccine was developed, the frequency declined. It is still deadly and still occurring in the US, more now that some refuse vaccines. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Balin
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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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What complications come with measles?

What complications come with measles?

Many different: Complications of measles infection may include: •bronchitisencephalitis (about 1 out of 1, 000 measles cases) •ear infection (otitis media) •pneumonia and of course death is also possible. ...Read more

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Is baby measles contagious to children?

??baby measles??: If you are asking about roseola, the illness is contagious to anyone not previously infected. Most kids get this virus in early childhood & are then immune for their lifetime. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is there a measles-only vaccine for children?

Is there a measles-only vaccine for children?

No: This has not been available in the us since the 80's. The MMR was the product of 8 years of additional research after the single vaccine was licensed and reduced the number of vaccines per kid, it is safe and effective.The fraudulent research published by wakefield in 1998 suggesting otherwise was refuted by later research and retracted buy the publisher.Wakefield lost his license over the fraud. ...Read more

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Are children protected from red measles if they have had an mmr?

Yes: The red measles as a lay term has been applied to the regular measles which is in the mmr. Some occasionally call roseola a red measles but it is more rose colored & not a proper use of the term. Roseola is not part of the mmr. ...Read more

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When do people usually get vaccinated against measles? Is safe to vaccinate babies and young children?

According : According to the schedule from the center for disease control and the academy of pediatrics, the first measles vaccination (along with mumps and rubella) is given between 12 and 15 months of age. The second vaccination is given around ages 4-6. Extensive research has been done to look into the claims that the MMR vaccine causes autism and this has been found to be not true. I attached a website discussing the safety of the MMR vaccine below. My daughter will be getting her MMR vaccine next week when she turns 1. ...Read more

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My children were accidentally vaccinated with measles and oral polio twice. Should i be worried?

My children were accidentally vaccinated with measles and oral polio twice. Should i be worried?

Confusing question: Measles as a single vaccine has not been available for general use in the us in decades.The oral polio vaccine was replaced in the us by the injectable formulation in the 1990's. The MMR and polio are safe vaccines and an extra dose has no particular negative consequences to anyone unless they had a specific allergy to a component of the vaccine. ...Read more