CHILDREN who catch measles are more vulnerable to other serious infections for the next two to three years, experts have warned.
Scientists believe the disease, which is seeing a resurgence across the UK, wipes out a child’s immunity to other illnesses.
After surviving measles, children may fall ill or die from other infections to which they previously had immunity, they say.
Assistant Professor Michael Mina, from Harvard Medical School in Boston, who led the research, said unvaccinated children who got measles were at greater risk from a range of potentially deadly infections such as pneumococcal infections, which include meningitis, septicaemia and pneumonia, serious respiratory viruses and a range of bacterial pathogens.
Measles is a serious illness and can make children vulnerable to other diseases