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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Measles (Definition)

Also known as rubeola, this is a formerly common childhood viral infection that causes a fever with cough, runny nose, red eyes, and a characteristic red rash. Rare complications include pneumonia and encephalitis. The ...Read more


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Not sure as a baby but I know I got an MMR shot in school. Am I protected as an adult from measle outbreak? Born in 82 shot was early 90's.

Not sure as a baby but I know I got an MMR shot in school. Am I protected as an adult from measle outbreak? Born in 82 shot was early 90's.

Maybe: We started giving a second dose of the MMR in the early 90's and that one was usually given as early as 4 yo and for many in school whose parents wanted them covered.If you've had any kids, your OB may have verified your measles immunity as part of their routine blood work.You might be able to check and see. ...Read more

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When can a child return to school if she has been treated for pinworms?

When can a child return to school if she has been treated for pinworms?

Immediately: Children do not need to be kept out of school for pinworms. They are almost ubiquitous in preschool and daycare children and only need treated if they are causing symptoms. Most children who have them do not have symptoms and they and their families are not aware they are there. See http://www.Cdc.Gov/parasites/pinworm. ...Read more

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How long is it until your child can return to school after being diagnosed with scarlet fever?

How long is it until your child can return to school after being diagnosed with scarlet fever?

24 to 48 hours: Once your child starts taking antibiotics you can return in 24 hours. How ever if your child is febrile wait 24 hours after the fever is gone. ...Read more

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My child has a brain tumor. How might this affect his ability to return to school?

My child has a brain tumor. How might this affect his ability to return to school?

Depends on the type: There are dozens of different types of brain tumors, including benign and malignant types. If it is benign, and can be removed easily, then they are able to return to school without any problem, but it may take several weeks to months. If it is malignant, then the treatment is more intensive, and he may be delayed in returning to school. ...Read more

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How soon can my child return to school after an ear infection?

How soon can my child return to school after an ear infection?

When comfortable: If the ear infection seemed to occur independently of other symptoms (no cough, significant nasal drainage, etc.) then they are unlikely to be a high risk of passing infection to others. The limiting factor is going to be their comfort. If they are not requiring pain medication or feverish, they can probably return to school without significant concern. ...Read more

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How long will it be before i return to school from ACL surgery? Can i go back a week later?

How long will it be before i return to school from ACL surgery? Can i go back a week later?

Acl: Most patients take a couple days of school off. Like everything recovery and return to school is a spectrum for each patient. U should be fine if u took a week off and could go back earlier if u felt like it. ...Read more

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Does having measles as a child protect you as an adult?

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

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If someone's child has the measles is it possible for the adult to be a carrier?

If someone's child has the measles is it possible for the adult to be a carrier?

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 more

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Why is an adult not likely to catch measles as an adult if he had measles as a child?

Why is an adult not likely to catch measles as an adult if he had measles as a child?

Get it only once: If you had measles as a child it will provide you with life long immunity, therefore you will not get it again. ...Read more

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How can I prevent my child from getting measles?

How can I prevent my child from getting measles?

Vaccinate!: Measles is very very preventable - the MMR vaccine (the only available product for measles prevention in the US) is safe and should be used universally. There is absolutely no connection between giving MMR vaccine and conditions such as autism. There are many studies available to document this from very credible sources, especially the CDC. ...Read more

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If my child has the measles, how long is she infectious?

Yes: A child with measles is generally contagious from 3 - 5 days before the rash to 4 days after the rash appears. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get the measles as an adult, after being vaccinated twice as a child?

Is it possible to get the measles as an adult, after being vaccinated twice as a child?

Measle immunity: It is rare to contract measles again after having had 2 doses of the vaccine. Ifever ithat happens, the symptoms will be very mild. ...Read more

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Unvaccinated child with measles. What is the chance of a child dying or having severe complications from the measles?

Happens: Case fatality rates run 1-3/1000 while significant brain damage from measles encephalitis runs 1/1000. Individual pre-illness health and underlying conditions can increase personal risk. ...Read more

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Does a child ever have measles more than once?

Measles immunity: The answer is no. Infection with the measles virus confers lifelong immunity. ...Read more