Measles Vaccine (Live)

Information about Measles Vaccine (Live)

Measles Vaccine (Live) Uses

Measles Vaccine (Live) is used for prevention of Measles.

How Measles Vaccine (Live) works

Measles Vaccine (Live) is a vaccine. It helps develop immunity by initiating a mild infection. This type of infection does not cause illness, but it does stimulate the body's immune system to produce antibodies to protect against any future infections.

Common side effects of Measles Vaccine (Live)

Vomiting, Nausea, Application site redness, Application site irritation, Muscle pain, Joint pain, Diarrhea, Fever, Dizziness, Headache
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Last updated
13 Jun 2023 | 11:25 AM (UTC)

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Expert advice for Measles Vaccine (Live)

  • Exercise caution while using measles vaccine in children <12 months.
  • Do not use measles vaccine for children less than 6 months of age.
  • Women should avoid becoming pregnant for at least 3 months after receiving measles virus vaccine.
  • Tell your doctor if you have an infection, a tumor, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, a history of seizures or head injury, or a family history of seizures or weak immune system.
  • Tell your doctor if you have had a recent blood or plasma transfusion, or have received immune globulin or are due to receive a tuberculin test, as measles vaccine may decrease its effectiveness.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery as measles vaccine may cause dizziness.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take if allergic to measles virus vaccine or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not take if having weak immune, blood problems, cancer affecting the blood or bone marrow (eg, leukemia), a fever, or tuberculosis (TB) infection.
  • Do not consume if taking immunosuppressant’s (medications that suppresses the body’s immune response).
  • Do not take if Pregnant.

Frequently asked questions for Measles Vaccine (Live)

Measles Vaccine (Live)

Q. What is Measles Vaccine (Live) used for?

Measles Vaccine (Live) is used for active immunization for measles, a highly contagious infection caused by a virus that can be prevented effectively by getting vaccinated.

Q. How effective is Measles Vaccine (Live)?

Measles Vaccine (Live) is considered to be highly effective in preventing measles. Two doses of Measles Vaccine (Live) give 97% protection while a single dose gives 93% protection against the infectious disease.

Q. Is Measles Vaccine (Live) live or inactivated?

Measles Vaccine (Live) is a live attenuated virus vaccine. It contains a weakened virus that helps stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies against the actual infection causing virus. This helps protect the individual from getting infected in future, if exposed.

Q. How long does it take Measles Vaccine (Live) to work?

Measles Vaccine (Live) starts working within a few days after getting vaccinated. Antibodies start producing within a few days but complete protection may be expected only after 2 or 3 weeks of getting Measles Vaccine (Live).

Q. I need to travel abroad. When should I get vaccinated with Measles Vaccine (Live)?

If you are travelling abroad, you must get vaccinated at least 2 weeks before your actual travel dates. This is because the antibodies ensure complete protection only after 2 or 3 weeks of getting vaccinated. So, make sure you plan on getting Measles Vaccine (Live) accordingly.

Q. Can I get measles even if I am fully vaccinated?

Yes, there are rare case scenarios where even vaccinated people got measles. But, the possibility of still getting infected is extremely low, and moreover, vaccinated individuals who get infected have very mild symptoms as compared to non-vaccinated individuals. Also, if you have received both the doses of Measles Vaccine (Live), there are very less chances of you infecting other people, including those who are not vaccinated due to low immunity or age factor.


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