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Will My Child Get 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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
Vulnerable groups: Recent cases in Houston and Ohio have been traced to cases brought in by international travelers. Unvaccinated infants and some that had only one dose are most vulnerable to the disease, which can produce death or disability. The surge in vaccine deniers makes the possibility of community outbreaks more likely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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