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What Do Measles Look Like On Adults
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
Yes: Immunity from measles following natural infection is considered life-long, barring any underlying immune disorder. Of course, there are always exceptions to this, although uncommon. Your doctor should be able to send a blood test to check your antibody titers against measles to help you determine if you are still at risk. ...Read more
No: No carrier state in measles . Once you get the disease you develop antibodies for life . You can transmit the disease only in the acute phase or when you have the active measles infection . Not otherwise. Hence we advocate to immunize all kids . This is to prevent active infection and it's spread from person to person . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have had measles in childhood. Do adults need to get vaccinated if they had them before, or does natural immunity stay for a lifetime?
No; Details: Always discuss w/ your doctor but MMR (measles shot) is not given if a person is on a high dose of Prednisone for over 2 weeks. A high dose is more than 1 mg/ pound or greater than 20 mg. If you have only been on a short course of < 2 weeks or alternate day therapy of prednisone, you may have the option of getting the MMR (measles shot). ...Read more
Can measles be reactivated in an adult if other medical conditions are underlying and, if so, would it always present with rash?
With the recent outbreak of measles, would adults have to get re-vaccinated if they originally got vaccinated as a child decades ago?
If you had 2 doses : Of MMR at least 28 days apart as a child, no. If born after 1957, college students, cruise ship passengers ; crew, international travelers, medical workers ; women of child-bearing age are at high risk. Get titers if unsure. If low, get an MMR a month before conception, vaccine phobia is bringing back horrible diseases that were eradicated from the us. Congenital rubella is devastating. ...Read more
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