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Vaccines For Measles
Separate diseases: Measles vaccine addresses the measles which is a very harsh illness in kids.German measles is a different germ & actually a much milder disease in kids, but a devastating cause of miscarriage, birth defects, blindness & mental deficiency in babies who get it in the womb. ...Read more
I am traveling to Africa soon. If I have had the MMR vaccine and never had measles, am I still at some risk?
Yes but not measles: If you are traveling to africa measles is not at the top of your immunization or risk list. If you have been immunized with the series you are at low risk. Look at the cdc.Gov website for guidance. Malaria prophylaxis and accident prevention are real considerations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Measles virus: Measles vaccine is made from measles virus, but it's altered so that it causes no disease in most, but slight disease in a few (low grade fever and/or rash for 1-2 days). It is delivered via a needle into the tissue that lies under the skin. It stimulates the immune system to make antibodies against the virus, but without having to have the full-blown illness, with all the illness's risk, first. ...Read more
Hep B non-responders: 5-15% of people do not develop the appropriate antibodies following the 3 vaccine series for Hepatitis B. If the series is repeated and there is again no response (30-50% of people WILL respond after a second series), the person is considered a 'nonresponder'. Nonresponders should be counseled about Hep B transmission and offered HBIG if exposed. A similar immunologic response occurs with MMR ...Read more
Immune issues: See your doc. Some people have immune deficiencies that can prevent the normal responses to vaccines. ...Read more
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
I gave measles vaccine to my 1yr old twice,unaware dat i gav 1 earlier.1st dose at 9 months and 2nd dose today.Shud i be concerned abt any effects?
No: A child should get a measles vaccine (MMR = measles, mumps, rubella vaccine) once after his first birthday, and a second time after his 4th birthday or at age 4-5 years. Some children get an extra dose of measles vaccine BEFORE their first birthdays, but that extra dose is for extra protection and does not count towards the future 2 doses. Thus, some kids have 3 total doses. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
1 side effect higher: Children and adults have the same possible side effects of fever, rash, & swollen lymph nodes. One difference: children have at 1% incidence of potential side effect of painful stiff joints but this side effect has a much higher rate of up to 25% in adults, & more often in women than men. Actual joint swelling is rare in children but occurs in up to 10% adults. It is reversible in all groups. ...Read more
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