My baby is 7 months old, so a few months till she's due her MMR. I have two older school age children who have both had MMR but I am starting to wonder about the baby's risk. Does anyone know where there's any info that would help? Thanks!
I think they can get the vaccination early but due to maternal antibodies the effects wouldnt be long lasting and they would still have to get the 2 scheduled MMR's in the proper course i.e. at 12/13 months and 3y 4m.
They can have it early, but only would be given it if you lived in an outbreak area or were travelling to an area where there is an outbreak. Because the immune system is so immature you would still need to give it again at the normal times i.e at 12/13 months and then again for a pre school booster x
And from the NHS website "Breast milk also contains antibodies, which means that babies who are breastfed have passive immunity for longer. " and "Passive immunity to measles, mumps and rubella usually lasts for about a year, which is why the MMR jab is given just after your baby's first birthday."
We still don't fully understand the role breastmilk plays in supporting the immune system. Research has recently uncovered the role that transmitters within a baby's saliva plays in telling the mother's immune system what antibodies are needed (picked up by sensors around the aureola/nipple area), so everytime a baby suckles the mother's immune system automatically starts making the necessary antibodies and delivers them along with the next feed.
I live in Swansea and work in a Doctor's surgery. We have been told to advise parents that babies over 6 months can have a MMR jab because of the epidemic but would still need their scheduled ones too ie at 13 months and the pre-school one.
I am glad someone has started a thread on this as i am very worried. DS 1 has had both MMR jabs but his pre school has had a measles outbreak. Am i right in thinking he can't catch it? If he can what happens to ds 2 - he is 6 months now but was born 9 weeks early so is very small. DH is not much help as his country has very high vaccination rates so really hasn't heard of these diseases.
From my own NCBI link (first link) "Based on these findings, the researchers recommend that all health workers encourage mothers in Nigeria to breast feed their infants to protect them against measles infection."