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Measles: neither gone nor forgotten

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 25 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3976

Re: Measles: neither gone nor forgotten

This is my response to Ms Elizabeth Hart who commented on 29 October to my earlier response.

I was ignorant of the papers she refers to. Having now read those, I share Ms Hart’s fear that maternal antibodies to MEASLES acquired through vaccination may not be as long lasting as those resulting from natural infection. It is obvious that if the mother has fewer antibodies, the newborn will have received fewer antibodies through the placenta.

Could immunologists with experience please explain to us the facts known? And could they also tell us if any work is going on to increase our knowledge?

Thank you.

Competing interests: No competing interests

29 October 2018
JK Anand
Retired doctor
Free spirit