The Little One is Sick

I have been nursing the little one for three days now. Fever keeps on coming back once the meds effects subsided. I was even worried when red rashes around his face and the back of his ears popped up. I thought it was some kind of a measles which made me worried since he don’t have an anti measles vaccine yet. I bought him to a paediatrician and was relieved; it was just a viral rash, perhaps due to hot weather. But the doctor suggested that he would undergo a CBC, to overrule the fever is not a sign of dengue. Thank God everything was almost normal except for a slight infection. He is now under medication for 7 days. As of today, he is back to normal. He is back to his active self. Thank God.

He will be going back to the doctor this coming Friday for a follow up and possible anti measles vaccine. We were previously base in Kuala Lumpur. There, anti measles vaccine is given at 12 months old, while in the Philippines it can be given as early as 6 months but the ideal is 9 months old. For our 11 months old son, it’s a little late, since we are now base here in Philippines.

So, what is anti measles vaccine?MMR or measles, mumps and rubella vaccine weakens the strains of the measles, mumps, and rubella viruses, thus reducing the risk of getting infected.

At what age should it be given?First dose should be given ideally at 12 to 15 months but it can be given as early as 6 months. The second those should be given at 4-6 years old.

Is it safe?MMR Vaccine (both combined and separate vaccine) has an excellent safety record in United States and recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American College of Physicians (ACP).

Is there any side effects?Just like other vaccine, fever is a common side effect. Some people may develop mild rashes and others specifically women may experience joint pain. Normally, the side effects are temporary and benign.

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