Tuesday, March 25, 2014

When to receive the first done of vaccine for measles?

A new study published in Pediatrics proves that children between 12 and 13 months who receive the measles vaccine have higher risks to develop measles, compared to children of 15 months or above that age. Fannie Defay from the Center Hospitalier Universitaire de Québec in Québec City, together with her colleagues compared risks of measles in children who received two doses of the measles vaccine. Here, they identified 102 children aged between 5 and 17 years with measles and another 510 who didn`t have measles. The researchers discovered that 89% of the children who had measles were aged between 13 and 17 years. They also found out that children who received measles vaccine from 12 to 13 months were highly predisposed to get measles, compared to children above 15 months of age. “A significantly greater risk of measles among two-dose recipients whose first dose was given are 12 to 13 months rather than >15 months of age is confirmed in the larger Quebec data set”, concluded Defay.

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