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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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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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 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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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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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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