DOC­TOR’S NOTE

Gloucestershire Echo - - CELEBRITY WELLBEING -

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

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