SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018

Newborns vulnerable to measles as early as two months

A U.S. News & World Report article states that babies can become vulnerable to measles as early as two to three months after they are born.

But, the report states, these babies aren't scheduled to get vaccinated for measles until they turn a year old.

A new study, published online this month in BMJ, suggests that measles immunity inherited from a child's mother begins to wear off about two months after birth. The news report states that the study was based on medical records of 207 healthy women and babies from five Belgian hospitals.

"This finding is important in view of recent outbreaks and is an argument for timeliness of the first dose of a measles vaccine and vaccination of traveling or migrating children under the age of 1 year," wrote the study's author, Elke Leuridan, of the Center for the Evaluation of Vaccination at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Institute at the University of Antwerp, according to the report.

The report states that the study showed that mothers who had contracted measles gave a better immune boost to their babies than woman who were vaccinated and never had the disease.

Ninety-five to 99 percent of the babies, however, lost the immune boost by the time they turned 6 months old, according to the report.