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Does measles require booster shots or only one vaccination for the lifetime? How often for booster if needed?

Does measles require booster shots or only one vaccination for the lifetime? How often for booster if needed?

Usually not needed.: As a general rule, most adults in the United States who were either born before 1957 or who had two doses of MMR as a child will likely not need a measles booster shot as an adult. There are more details to this story, and the complete recommendations can be found at www.CDC.gov/vaccines. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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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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Im getting a booster shot for measles tomorrow. Will this affect my peptic ulcer? (Yes, I was diagnosed by a doctor)

Im getting a booster shot for measles tomorrow.
Will this affect my peptic ulcer? (Yes, I was diagnosed by a doctor)

Shouldn't: Teens occasionally get some transient joint discomfort within a week or so after the shot. Most have little more than the pain of the shot and sore arm. ...Read more

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If I have had the main measles jab but not the booster one. Is there a chance i could get them again?

If I have had the main measles jab but not the booster one. Is there a chance i could get them again?

Yes: The primary measles vaccine is thought to be protective for 80%+ of recipients while the booster brings that into the high 90's. You may be at risk and not know it. A measles antibody titre could tell you if you are or you could just get the shot. ...Read more

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Child due for MMR booster next yr but I have measles should she get booster now?

Child due for MMR booster next yr but I have measles should she get booster now?

Can give early: You can give the measles shot portion of the MMR as young as 6 months if there is a high risk of the disease. See your doctor or health department. Your doctor may not carry just the measles shot. The child would still need the MMR at 1 year of age and a booster at 4-6 years. ...Read more

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I work in a public library in California. Some patrons are anti-vaxxers. Think I should get a measles booster just in case?

No: If you have had an accepted, effective dosing as a child (check your medical record), then you are immune. Boosters are not necessary. ...Read more

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My 13 year old is having the measles booster jab at 13, will it cause autism?

My 13 year old is having the measles booster jab at 13, will it cause autism?

No: There is no evidence that immunizations cause autistic spectrum disorders; especially at 13 years of age! get the shot if his doctor recommends it! ...Read more

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What is the purpose of a booster dose for live vaccines, such as the OPV and measles vaccines?

What is the purpose of a booster dose for live vaccines, such as the OPV and measles vaccines?

BOOST THE IMMUNITY: Booster doses are given to boost the immunity.It is really an extra vaccine which is given after the earlier dose. After initial immunization is completed in case of Measle initial dose is given at12-15month of age as MMR and in case of polio 3doses at2-4-6month age and4th dose15-18month age Boosters for both4-6Years of age Boosters are given to increse the immunity to protective level ...Read more

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I got vaccinated against measles as a kid but I heard that immunization can wear off. Should I get a booster?

I got vaccinated against measles as a kid but I heard that immunization can wear off.  Should I get a booster?

Maybe: since around 1990 the recommended vaccination schedule for measles is 2 doses of the vaccine you are in an age range where you may not have received the second dose. ask your doctor to do a blood test to see if you are immune if your not sure about the second dose ...Read more

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My system won't hold a titer for mumps or measles even after booster vaccinations, though it does for ruebella. What might cause this?

An immune deficiency: Checking specific antibody production (or titer) after receiving a vaccination is how immunologists assess the function of your immune system. Even though your rubella response is okay, the lack of response to the others suggests an immune defect, especially in the context of recurrent infections or other findings like low immunoglobulins. ...Read more

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How long does rubeola titer take to come up after the MMR booster?

How long does rubeola titer take to come up after the MMR booster?

About 4 weeks: The booster is actually only designed to catch the roughly 5% of "non responders" to 1st dose of mmr. The 2nd MMR dose though may enhance MMR immune titers as well. Studies in those getting first dose show variation in how quick they mount response based on age & possibly genetics, whether breastfeeding, etc. For older infant: response rates: 85-90 % 4 weeks 81% 3 weeks 61% 2 weeks 2% 1 week. ...Read more