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#1 of 10 Old 05-23-2005, 04:01 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I went over to a friend's house the day after her daughter got 5 shots and one was the MMR. (I had no idea she had gotten any vax's the day before) This was 10 days ago. Now both of my kids woke up yesterday with no appetite and started getting a rash this afternoon. Is this just co-incidence? I'm not worried about any of those diseases, just wanting to know what I'm dealing with, ya know?

The rash looks like a mosquito bite and then a few hours after the dots started showing up, each one got a little "head" on it. Not weepy like chicken pox, very different. Seth had a fever this afternoon. I don't take temperatures since I don't treat fever, he just felt really hot.

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The MMR is NO supposed to shed.

Yet, repeatedly we hear from moms whose kids came down with measles after being in contact with a newly vaccinated child.

Also, the vaccinee can develop the Koplic spots in the throat which is not supposed to happen from a dead virus. If the child has the Koplic spots, he can also be contagious.

I would say your child could have gotten measles from the vaccinated child.
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Thanks, Gitti. I'll look up some more on Measles to see if this rash is the same as that.
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Well, I looked up all kinds of Measles and Rubella pics and the kids don't look ANYTHING like that....hmmm....I'll keep an eye on them, up their vitamin C this week and just cut down more on sugar to give their systems the best boost I can. Thanks again, Gitti!
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Of course it sheds its a live virus!
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I'm pretty sure it even says on the package insert for the MMR that it sheds, with extra emphasis placed on the possibility of the Rubella virus shedding and being strong enough to infect someone else. I don't have Rubella immunity (so much for my childhood vax), and my midwives wanted me to get an MMR shot within weeks of giving birth to my DD...Since you cannot/should not get an MMR vax within 3 months of getting pregnant (because of the risk of transmitting Rubella from the vax to a developing fetus), the official recommendation is to get a vax right after birth, since most women aren't likely to get pregnant within 3 months of giving birth. However, the package insert for the vax also mentions that the Rubella portion of the MMR vax might prevent a risk to the infant of a breastfeeding mother. So, my vote is for YES, it does shed!
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Of course it sheds its a live virus!
Does anyone know how long it sheds for?
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Does anyone know how long it sheds for?
Not for sure. I've heard around a month tossed around...

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Not for sure. I've heard around a month tossed around...

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Oh that's lovely.... my sitter had her DD vaxed on the 12th. do I really need to wait a month...? sheesh
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Oh that's lovely.... my sitter had her DD vaxed on the 12th. do I really need to wait a month...? sheesh
Depends on how worried you are. Rubella seems to be the most likely to shed.

Personally I don't worry.

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