Posted by: Hagar | 2012/11/06



Good day

We are the proud parents of a two week old baby girl.

On Sunday we had guests, the parents of a 1 year old. They left the baby at her grandmother as they did not know what was wrong with her. Yesterday their baby was diagnosed with measles.

We are a bit stressed out now as we fear that the disease might spread to our baby through our friends.

What is the risk of that happening? Why do babies only get their measles injections at 9 months? And what do we do when we send her to school next year so that she does not pick up this dreaded disease?

I will appreciate your advice.

Expert's Reply



Your friend's baby has been immunised against measles at the age of 9 months. It is very unlikely that she has real measles. More likely is that she has Roseola a much milder illness than measles, but often called 'baby measles'.It is very rare for babies to get roseola before the age of 6 months, so it is highly unlikely your baby will develop this illness. Your baby will of course be immunised against measles at 9 months and will also get the MMR immunisation which contains measles at 15 months.

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Posted by: Hagar | 2012/11/06

Thank you so much for the reply doc

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Posted by: Purple | 2012/11/06

How scary for you.

Sometimes parents call rubella (german measles) and roseola (for some unknown reason some people call this baby measles) all measles - eventhough they aren''t measles, so perhaps just phone them up and ask them if it is proper measles (and why they didn''t vaccinate and they put everyone else at risk) or if it is actually german measles or roseola.

At this young age, she probably still has your antibodies from your milk, which although not foolproof, does offer some protection.

Also, as the child wasn''t actually there, so long as they had washed hands between touching their child and yours and weren''t holding your child against their clothing hopefully it won''t have spread to her.

In an area where most people vaccinate, if you choose a school that insists all children are vaccinated, then herd immunity will protect your child until she can have her vaccination at 9 months.

How scary for you.

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