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WHO: measles shots before nine months unnecessary.


Over the past five years, research has uncovered evidence of vaccines that enable infants six months of age or younger to be immunized against measles. Yet, because of reported low effectiveness of such vaccines for that age group, the World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that babies should be immunized one time as soon as possible after the age of nine months. Measles can very easily lead to death in infants if a baby contracts the disease and no vaccine has been given.

The WHO recommends that parents have their babies immunized immediately at nine months if the six months vaccine has already been administered. It adds, however, that such a procedure causes the second vaccine to be less effective than if it had been the only one administered, thus wasting time and effort, not to mention expense.

The WHO also recommends that researchers probe the possibilities of having physicians administer dosages higher than the current standard for infant measles vaccines. It adds that the first priority of all countries concerning this issue should be to immunize as many infants as possible with existing vaccines.
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Title Annotation:World Health Organization
Publication:Medical Update
Date:Feb 1, 1989
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