Measles damages immune system, research reveals

Findings help to explain why kids are more susceptible to infectious diseases post-measles

Getting measles is even more dangerous than doctors had realised, because it destroys immunity that the victim has acquired to other diseases, researchers say.


The findings help to explain why children often catch other infectious diseases after having measles, and underscore the dangers of growing resistance to childhood vaccination in some countries, according to two studies published simultaneously.

They show for the first time how measles — one of the most contagious diseases — resets the human immune system back to an immature state like