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Why do people get influenza more than once but measles just once?
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Dr. John Leander Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Viruses not same
Influenza and measles are different viruses.
Once infected with measles, we produce antibodies that preventing it from infecting cells in the body on repeated exposures. Though a similar response occurs to influenza, over time (ie a year) this virus alters the areas on its surface so that our antibodies we made the year prior, can't stop the "mutated" influenza virus from infecting cells.

In brief: Viruses not same
Influenza and measles are different viruses.
Once infected with measles, we produce antibodies that preventing it from infecting cells in the body on repeated exposures. Though a similar response occurs to influenza, over time (ie a year) this virus alters the areas on its surface so that our antibodies we made the year prior, can't stop the "mutated" influenza virus from infecting cells.
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