Measles: Signs And How To Protect Your Children From Measles(2023)

Health Update On Measles,2023

What is measles?

Measles is a type of viral disease in which the person suffers from viral fever, rashes, and coughing and there is a decrease in immunity. Due to a decrease in immunity, a person is more vulnerable to other diseases like ear infections, pneumonia and even tuberculosis.

Mumps is an infection that affects the salivary gland, causing swelling in major parts of the body like brain, spinal cord and testes. In the same way, rubella affects women during pregnancy most of the time and can even be transmitted to the newborn baby. Therefore, it is recommended to get the vaccinations on a timely basis to reduce any risk factors.

Doses of MR vaccine to avoid measles

There are 3 doses of MR vaccine that need to be given to children, shares Dr Badge.

* The first dose should be given after 9 months
* The second dose should be given after 15 months
* The third dose should be given between the age of 5 to 6 years.

Does the vaccine eliminate the possibility of contracting measles by a 100 percent? Dr Badge says, “Even after vaccination, there is a possibility to get infected and it is important to pay special attention to the initial signs.”

Apart from body rashes, children with measles may also show signs of flu and fever. 

Signs of measles and how to take care

Rashes are one of the most common symptoms and as soon as the rash appears and is present for the last 3 to 4 days, the person must be isolated. This is to ensure that the virus is not spread as it gets transferred through droplets while coughing and sneezing.

The patient should not be exposed to the outside environment as their immunity is weak. Even if they are exposed, they must be given the vaccine within 72 hours. If the patient is serious, they can be given measles immunoglobulin.

A good diet, proper hydration and hygiene along with antibiotics also play an important role in preventing the risk of this condition.

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