A side effect of the measles can have lasting consequences
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — One side effect of the measles is that it can cause health problems long after the virus goes away.
According to a new study published in The Journal Science, measles can cause health complications and higher mortality rates in children, up to five years after having the virus.
The side effect is call Immune Amnesia.
It erases immune memory cells and destroys antibodies, making it difficult to fight off infections.
“Immune memory in general is very important for us, it’s why we only get certain types of infections once. For example, chicken pox, you get that once and you don’t get it again because you have this immune memory. If you wipe out that Immune Memory, you’re more susceptible to risk of having severe consequences to being exposed to infections you might have seen before,” Gundersen Health System pediatrician, Dr. Raj Naik, explained.
This is another reason doctors are urging parents to vaccinate their children now.
The MMR vaccine is 95% effective.
Children can receive their first vaccination at the age of 1, and the second between the ages of 4 and 6.
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