When Is The Right Time For An Additional Measles Vaccine?
Dear doctor, My child was vaccinated against measles at the age of 9 months, then the MR vaccine from the government simultaneously was 11 months old. It’s been 29 months but I forgot about the measles booster vaccine in 18 months. Can it still be caught up? Or will the booster be at the age of 5th? Thank you
Good afternoon, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Measles is an infectious disease caused by a virus. Among the symptoms that arise are colds, sneezing, coughing, red eyes, being uncomfortable seeing bright light, high fever. This virus spreads through the air when those who are infected cough and sneeze. What makes this disease dangerous is because if it attacks the lungs, this disease can cause pneumonia or pneumonia, and if it enters the brain it can cause inflammation of the brain or encephalitis which can lead to seizures and brain damage. Therefore, it is important to protect yourself from getting this disease, by vaccinating in accordance with the recommendations.
Regarding your question, measles vaccine is given at the age of 9 months, and indeed it is then recommended to be given a booster at the age of 18 months. However, if your child has received an MR vaccine, a booster at the age of 18 months is not required, although ideally, the MR vaccine is given at a gap of 6 months from the measles vaccine, as noted in the picture of the IDAI recommendation (Indonesian Pediatrician Association) below. If you can't see it clearly, you can see the picture by clicking this link.
After that, there should be immunization against measles or MR again at the age of 5-6 years. In principle, between measles or MR must be given twice. For more information, you can also see the following article about catching up and completing the backward immunization by IDAI or by asking your pediatrician directly. So, hopefully answering your question.