Measles infection causes 'immune amnesia,' leaving kids vulnerable to other illnesses

A measles infection can cripple a child's immunity against viruses and bacteria for the long-term, leaving them more vulnerable to future infections.
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Conclusions: The increased risk for nonspecific infectious disease hospitalizations supports the concept of immunologic amnesia after measles. Universal immunization against measles provides additional benefit beyond protection against measles itself.
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Getting measles is even more dangerous than doctors had realized, because it destroys immunity that the individual has acquired to other diseases, researchers said on Thursday.Reuters Health Information
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Measles infection can greatly reduce acquired immune memory, according to a new study. Acquired immune memory is when a person's immune system attacks foreign invaders and can remember how to fight the dangerous antigens in the future. "Measles virus infects immune cells, particularly long-term immune memory cells, causing immune "'amnesia'" which can last for varying amounts of time," [...]
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Getting measles is even more dangerous than doctors had realized, because it destroys immunity that the victim has acquired to other diseases, researchers said on Thursday.
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New research shows the virus can have devastating effects on the immune system that persist much longer than the illness itself.
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The virus can cause 'immune amnesia' which shifts our defences back to a 'baby-like' state.
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A measles infection can cripple a child's immunity against viruses and bacteria for the long-term, leaving them more vulnerable to future infections.
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Not so long ago, coming down with measles was seen almost as a rite of passage. Before measles vaccination began in the U.S. in the early 1960s, millions of Americans, many of them children, contracted the virus each year—forcing them to weather a flu-like illness and telltale skin rash, but also bestowing lifelong immunity. As a result, some Americans still view measles as relatively harmless—which, in addition to a dangerous uprising of anti-vaccine sentiment, has led some parents to decline shots for their children, contributing to a resurgence of preventable illness in the U.S. and overseas. A pair of relat...
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Study reveals how measles infection reduces protection against other diseases
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Thakkar and McCarthy suggest that periodicity in measles incidence artifactually drives our estimates of a 2- to 3-year duration of measles "immune-amnesia." We show that periodicity has a negligible effect relative to the immunological signal we detect, and demonstrate that immune-amnesia is largely undetectable in small populations with large fluctuations in mortality of the type they use for illustration.
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