Could measles put you at risk for other infections?

Dr. Jennifer Ashton is here to discuss a new study that says people who have had the measles are vulnerable to other infections up to months after they've gone away.
1:19 | 11/01/19

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Thanks. Important new information about the measles. A study revealing a probable reason why people who have had the measles are vulnerable to other infections month os are even years after the measles have gone away. Dr. Ashton is here with more on this. Good morning to you. Good morning. This study seems to suggest it's more dangerous, the measles are even more dangerous than we thought. It's kind of a one-two punch and it's about immune amnesia so two small studies led by researchers out of Harvard looked at antibody level, our immune memory in children who had had the measles and tested them and found that the levels had dropped by anywhere from 11% to 73%. These are antibodies against viruses and other bacterial infections and that can persist for one or two years after the measles goes away. We, of course, have been talking about that historic outbreak that we saw this year so I guess that makes the timing of this study even more important. And it really drives the point home that the vaccine is important not only protect you short term against the measles but long-term potentially against other infections. Two dozes, 97% effective. First dose recommended around 12 to 15 month, second dose by 4 to 6 years of age. Very, very important. We can prevent measles outbreaks. Can't say that enough. Nope. Very important, indeed. Thank you so much. Coming up, our investigation

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