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Should a recently MMR-vaxed child be around a newborn?


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January 18th, 2009, 09:55 AM
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I know someone (online) who has an 18-month old that just got the MMR vax last Monday, I believe. She gave birth to another child yesterday. Her older child has already visited the newborn. Is it possible that the older child could be shedding live virus around the newborn? I am just beginning to learn more about the various vaccines while I hold off on further vaxing my own DD, but I seem to remember reading that a person can shed live measles virus for a few weeks after receiving the MMR. Is that right?
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January 18th, 2009, 10:45 AM
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Yes, they shed live viruses in their respiratory droplets for up to 4 weeks. The problem is that MMR shedding hasn't been studied enough to determine how real of a risk it is to those with weaker immune systems who come in contact with the child. I do know that it is not unheard of for cancer patients to be advised to avoid recently vaccinated children, especially with the chicken pox vaccine. Short answer: at this point, science considers shedding only to be a "theoretical" threat (surprise, surprise).
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January 18th, 2009, 02:30 PM
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Thanks! I do think her child's ped should have noticed she was going to have a baby very soon, and said let's wait on this vax for your older child.
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January 18th, 2009, 05:08 PM
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I think it also depends on whether or not she's exclusively breastfeeding the newborn. If she's BF'ing, then there should be less worry also.
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January 19th, 2009, 08:40 AM
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Thanks! I do think her child's ped should have noticed she was going to have a baby very soon, and said let's wait on this vax for your older child.[/b]

That would have be nice woulnd't it?????
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