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What Complications Come With Measles
mild to major : In the pre vaccine era most chicken pox cases were minor, yet it was known to produce 50-100 deaths/yr in the us. With 10 thousand hospitalizations, a 50 fold increase in invasive strep risk, reyes syndrome, encephalitis, ataxia & other issues. After vaccine use started, the numbers have declined but any child with wild chickenpox disease may experience any of those complications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not recommended: Neither of them are recommended because of possible harmful effect to the developing fetus, although not well documented. ...Read more
Unvaccinated child with measles. What is the chance of a child dying or having severe complications from the measles?
Yes: Unfortunately the flu during pregnancy can be devastating. If you can get a flu shot, it is safe at any point in pregnancy although some like to wait until after 12wks. For whatever reason, the flu can become more invasive & produce lung failure and death more often in pregnancy.In my local I am aware of 2 we lost in one flu season. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
So the oral live typhoid vaccine has no chance of infecting me with the typhoid fever (or other people i come into contact with including infants)?
Depends !: Mild viral meningitis may be a short illness, bacterial meningitis is fatal in a few days if untreated we also have fungal and tuberculous forms the complications depend on the age of the patient , the severity of the illness and the speed of diagnosis and treatment mild to severe neurological deficits can occur. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
What are the chances of someone with eczema getting eczema vaccinatum from a smallpox vaccine? Can this happen?
Not possible now: Smallpox is one of the viral illnesses which have been conquered world wide. Unless the organism is released in a terrible accident or by a terrorist action, it is simply not found out there to cause infection. Therefore immunization (vaccination) is not needed and those under age forty or so have never been exposed so eczema vaccinatum is not out there either. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Safe to use: Swine flu is related to the strain that caused a world wide pandemic, felt to be the precurser of parkinson's disease in those infected. In more recent times, swine flu vaccine was associated with paralysis and in rare cased death. The current vaccines have not been associated with these problems. Vaccine can prevent swine flu or make the course less severe. ...Read more
Doctors, what are the chances of someone with eczema getting eczema vaccinatum from a smallpox vaccine?
Too broad for answer: Answers on the sight are limited to 400 characters. Each of the 3 issues you raise could easily max out the limit alone.If you are dealing with specific issues, provide the symptoms you are dealing with as background info and ask a specific question. ...Read more
Could you tell me what are chances of having another child with autism with after 2 kids with autism?
Possible : Studies have found family groupings where various anomalies are detected in the gene code of affected kids. This has prompted more research in this area and there are some commercial labs doing gene mapping studies on cheek swabs or blood looking for these markers. There seems to be a tendency for some men or women to pass minor but important changes in their genetic material to their kids. ...Read more
Rare but possible: The shingles patient can only spread the germ through contact with the debris, not through saliva or a cough as would be the case with chickenpox.Also, at a listed age of 50, your chance of never having Cpx as a kid are less than 4%, even if you don't remember it. A simple blood test could prove you once had Cpx and are immune. ...Read more
Can hepatitis b vaccine give you rheumatic autoimmune diseases such as polyartheritis nodosa because my sister started getting symptoms shortly after?
What are the risks associated with hashimoto's thyroiditis? Any really bad or deadly complications to watch for?
Do not worry: Hashimoto's is a very common disorder that also shows up in other autoimmune dosorders that are quite scary. What ever you have read, do not sleep over it, the odds of those other things happening to you remains very slim. Follow your drs instructions and you will be fine. ...Read more
Probably none: 50-80% of the population has been infected with cmv, mostly during childhood. A few people develop a mono like illness, e.g., fever, sore throat; but most are asymptomatic. Unless your kid has immune deficiency or an inter-current serious illness there is no reason to worry. If an adult develops immune deficiency the long ago infection can become active and serious. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I contracted measles a year ago, 20 yr old male, is a complication like sspe likely, given no past history of measles or vaccine?
Possibly: But not likely. Are you symptomatic? Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (sspe) is a rare chronic, progressive encephalitis that affects children and young adults, by persistent infection with measles virus (which can be due to viral mutation). No cure is known, but it can be managed by medication if treatment is started early. See a neurologist. ...Read more
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
Yes.: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6115a1.htm.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Measles: Measles is one of the most contagious infectious diseases in humans. Initial symptoms include fever, cough, runny, and conjunctivitis. After 2-4 days, a characteristic erythematous maculopapular rash develops. Symptoms resolve in most cases. Fatal complications include pneumonia and encephalitis (swelling of the brain). Fortunately, the measles vaccine can prevent both. ...Read more
Tender loving care: There is no cure for measles [virus is too smart for us]. Do things to make yourself feel better while you wait for your body to kick out the virus. Take Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen for fever or muscle aches. No aspirin! call your doc [especially for babies]. Watch out for: ear pain, croup, diarrhea, severe cough/shortness of breath [pneumonia], lethargy/confusion [big deal brain infection]. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Comfort care: Measles is a viral illness common in unvaccinated populations. The illness runs thru its stages and recovery is generally complete. A portion will have complications;ear & lung infection that require rx, a few may develop life threatening encephalitis (more in <5yo).The world health organization recomends vitamin a supplements to help reduce mortality. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
? define measles ?: There are 2 separate infections commonly labeled measles and one often called baby measles. All are caused by different viruses that confer lifelong immunity after infection. A problem with many is the similarity of the rashes and the tendency of many to self label. Many docs don't want you in the office for confirmation as you would expose other patients. The short answer is no. ...Read more
MMR indications: The measles vaccine, commonly combined with immunization against Mumps and Rubella, is recommended to be administered at 1 year and 4 years of age. People who have been inadequately vaccinated according to this schedule and who have been exposed to the measles should be vaccinated within 72 hours to help prevent transmission. ...Read more
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
Contact with germ: Measles is an only human illness that is passed by direct contact with the oro-nasal secretions or airborn droplets coughed up by an infected person.Infected persons are contageous 1-2d prior to 5d after onset of the rash.When contageous particles enter your nose/eyes/mouth or throat, they may take 8-12 days before you have symptoms. Get vaccinated and you can avoid it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
By the time the...: ...Rash comes out, the child with measles will have had several days of high fever, headaches, sore throat, severe cough, eye pain and redness, possibly seizures, shortness of breath, or coma. The rash usually just confirms the diagnosis already made from other findings. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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