Can measles push the reset button on kids' immunity?

As measles outbreaks continue to flare worldwide, viral immunologists have made a discovery they say underscores like never before the crucial need to protect children through vaccination.


It appears that acquiring a measles infection actually ‘resets’ the immune system, leaving patients vulnerable to other dangerous micro-organisms such as influenza, diphtheria and tuberculosis.

In two separate studies, scientists have demonstrated what they are calling the ‘immune amnesia’ effect of measles infection.