Should Measles Vaccine Be Appropriate At 9 Months Of Age?
Good morning. I am the mother of a baby girl who will turn 9 months of age on September 23. Want to ask whether the measles vaccine should be given exactly at the age of the baby even 9 months or can be given a few days before, for example the vaccine is given at the age of 8 months 20 days? Please provide information.
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Measles vaccine is given to create active protection against the measles virus. Measles itself is characterized by the appearance of a reddish skin rash that spreads almost all over the body, accompanied by fever, cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, weakness, fatigue, fatigue, and other uncomfortable sensations. In infants, measles can be fatal if not handled properly, because it is prone to trigger inflammation to various other organs, including the ears, lungs, and even the brain. Pregnant women who have measles are also at risk of miscarriage, the fetus is born prematurely, to fetal defects.
Given this potential danger, measles vaccination is included in the government's mandatory immunization program. This vaccine can be given for the first time when a child is 9 months old, followed by 2 booster doses, namely when the child is 15-18 months and 5-7 years old.
As long as the child's immune system is good, and as long as there are no other contraindications to the measles vaccine (for example a history of severe allergies to the measles vaccine component or a history of severe immune system disorders), it is not a real problem to give the child the measles vaccine earlier a few days before the age of 9 months. However, this certainly can not be decided just like that without checking the child's condition first. Therefore, you should first check your child to the doctor or pediatrician, discuss with him the reason you want to give your child the measles vaccine early, also tell him the history of immunization that your child had lived before. That way, the doctor can certainly decide, whether the early measles vaccine is safe for him, or not.
I hope this helps.