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    Default 21 types of measles, does MMR cover them all?

    HI mums, can someone please help me. I am doing my research about the strains of measles, a few internet sources have stated that scientist have discovered 21 strains of measles. No where can I find all the names of the strains, does anyone have access to this information? Also the MMR vaccine, does it protect against all 21 strains? And lastly, there is some commotion about a measles outbreak in the US which started in Disney Land, does anyone know what strain of measles is it or what strains (if more than one). I asked my GP and she could not give me these answers. After opting out the MMR vaccine but am now willing to reconsider but I need to have the answers so I can make an informative choice.

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    My understanding is that there are more than 20 strains, but the MMR vaccine is supposed to cover them all. Hopefully one of our lovely science ladies in here can clarify it better. I'm quite surprised your GP couldn't answer that question though.

    Why did you post in the "debate it" section?

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    well its not a pro or anti post.. I didn't know where else to post.

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    Good question! I dont have any answer, but i think @beebs is the resident vaccine expert...

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    Subbing, will reply later

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    This is from the WHO site:

    http://www.who.int/biologicals/vaccines/measles/en/

    Measles virus is an enveloped, ribonucleic acid virus of the genus Morbillivirus. Although at least 20 different genotypes have been isolated in various parts of the world, there is only one serotype. Measles is highly contagious, and an infected person will often transmit the virus to over 90% of unprotected close contacts.

    The envelope of measles virus contains haemagglutinin that is responsible for the binding of the virus to the host cell surface and a fusion protein that facilitates viral uptake into the cell. Antibodies to haemagglutinin correlate with protection against the disease. A number of live, attenuated measles vaccines are available, either as monovalent vaccine or in combination with either rubella vaccine (MR) or mumps and rubella vaccines (MMR). Many of the attenuated strains in use are derived from the Edmonston strain isolated in 1954, including the Schwartz, the Edmonston-Zagreb, and the Moraten strains.

    Other strains which are not derived from Edmonston strain include the CAM-70, TD 97, Leningrad-16, and Shanghai 191 (Ji-191) strains. Typically, the attenuated production virus is replicated in primary chick embryo or cell cultures, the virus harvested, clarified, and (alone, or with other antigens) lyophilized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babybloom View Post
    well its not a pro or anti post.. I didn't know where else to post.
    Ok. There is also a general health section...

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    Most of your questions are answered in this link:

    http://pediatrics.about.com/od/vacci...sles-Myths.htm

    It's may help point you in the direction of more in depth information

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    Default 21 types of measles, does MMR cover them all?

    There's no need for you to do research. It's been researched to death by scientist and medical experts with hundreds and thousands of years training between them. The vaccine is recommended unless a child has a specific medical condition that warrants further consideration.
    Your child will be at greater risk if they are not vaccinated. End of story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    There's no need for you to do research. It's been researched to death by scientist and medical experts with hundreds and thousands of years training between them. The vaccine is recommended unless a child has a specific medical condition that warrants further consideration.
    Your child will be at greater risk if they are not vaccinated. End of story.
    The OP is considering changing her stance on vaccines, these kinds of comments aren't at all helpful.

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