Talking to a few mothers, we all were discussing how we were feeling nervous about bringing our babies into big open spaces with lots of people because of the recent increase in measles cases all around the world.
Look back at doctormommd.com for more information about what measles is. But in a nutshell it’s a very contagious virus that is spread through coughing or sneezing (it can stay in the air for up to 2 hours after being released).
Children in Ontario receive the measles vaccine (MMR- measles, mumps, rubella) at their 12 month visit and again between the ages of 4-6.
What can we do to prevent our babies from getting the measles?
1. Make sure you are fully immunized. If you don’t know your immunization status, talk to your doctor but you may be eligible to get vaccinated.
2. Make sure all of your children, family members, friends and friends of your children are immunized.
3. If you are traveling to an endemic area (areas outside of North America, or areas that have outbreaks) and your child is under 1 year of age, they may be eligible to receive a dose of MMR as early as 6 months of age, but will still need to have the two MMR doses at 12 months and again 4-6 years of age. If the child is between 12 months and 4 years, they may be eligible to receive their second dose early. (The shortest time between getting two doses of MMR is 4 weeks).
Do you have any questions about measles?