Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Tania | 2010-02-03



Hi Doctor

I heard over the news that with the measles being a real threat at the moment, parents should have their children and babies immunised, even though they had their standard immunisations. My daughter is now 3 and a half, so doesn' t her immunisations cover her at this stage, or is it just a booster she needs? My baby is now three months old, and I' m still breastfeeding till the end of the month, when I' ll have to stop to return back to work. As far as I know, he is covered while breastfeeding, but what happens when he goes over to formula? Does he also need to be immunised now/at the end of the month?



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Your 3 year old daughter has been immunised against measles. She will only need a booster when she is 5 years old. Your baby son will be immunised against measles at 9 months.He does not need to have this vaccination done earlier.

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Posted by: Purple | 2010-02-04

Unless you' ve had measles, your baby will not have antibodies for measles while you are breastfeeding.

You can only vaccinate for measles at 9 months - as a stand alone if you follow the government schedule and as part of the MMR if you follow the private schedule (or do what most mothers do and follow the governmetn schedule but visit a private nurse for the ones that are only offered privately).

Personally, I didn' t give my son additional measles shots over and above his vaccination schedule. He' s six and had his latest MMR in December last year.
Measles is unfortunately becoming more prevalent as vaccination effectiveness partly relies on herd immunity, and so many people are misguidedly refusing to vaccinate their children because they get brainwashed by people with odd ideas and no formal qualifications who blow things out of proportion and also can believe a study that didn' t comply with basic research principles but not the many studies done afterwards that do comply and prove the opposite.

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