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Could my child have measles if he broke out in a rash after getting the MMR vaccine?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
12 doctors agree

In brief: NO

The rash is a "normal" reaction occurring in maybe 1-2% of the vaccination given.
It is not the disease.

In brief: NO

The rash is a "normal" reaction occurring in maybe 1-2% of the vaccination given.
It is not the disease.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

The rash a week or more after the MMR actually represents a confirmation that the vaccine produced a good response.
The vaccine measles component is a weakened cousin of the wild measles. It spends a while challenging babies immune system followed sometimes by a rash. This represents new antibodies that have trapped the vaccine virus and carried them to the skin. It will fade and is not a threat.

In brief: No

The rash a week or more after the MMR actually represents a confirmation that the vaccine produced a good response.
The vaccine measles component is a weakened cousin of the wild measles. It spends a while challenging babies immune system followed sometimes by a rash. This represents new antibodies that have trapped the vaccine virus and carried them to the skin. It will fade and is not a threat.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Richard Saul
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

It is not unusual to have a rash after a measles vaccine.
This is not measles nor contagous.

In brief: Yes

It is not unusual to have a rash after a measles vaccine.
This is not measles nor contagous.
Dr. Richard Saul
Dr. Richard Saul
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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Approximately 5% of children develop a rash a few weeks after the MMR vaccine.
This is considered normal and is not an allergic or adverse reaction. In this day and age of people not vaccinating their children, there is a small possibility your child was exposed just before receiving the vaccine. However if the rash indicates measles, your child would appear ill and must be examined.

In brief: No

Approximately 5% of children develop a rash a few weeks after the MMR vaccine.
This is considered normal and is not an allergic or adverse reaction. In this day and age of people not vaccinating their children, there is a small possibility your child was exposed just before receiving the vaccine. However if the rash indicates measles, your child would appear ill and must be examined.
Dr. Scott Katz
Dr. Scott Katz
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