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Measles Vax Effective in Children Against Covid: Study | India News


Measles-containing vaccines (MCVs) may offer children some protection against Covid-19 infection, preliminary evidence from a study conducted by researchers at BJ Medical College in Pune shows.
The study looked at 548 participants (ages 1 to 17) who were divided into two groups: those who tested positive for Covid (via RT-PCR) and those who did not. The researchers found that MCVs had an 87.5% vaccine effectiveness against SARS-CoV-2 and that vaccinated participants had less severe Covid symptoms than non-vaccinated ones.
The Pune findings support a much disputed hypothesis that children are quite protected against SARS-CoV-2 due to ‘non-specific immunity’ after inoculation with live attenuated vaccines, including measles-containing vaccines (MCV) and the Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) shot. Measles vaccine has been part of India’s universal immunization program for the past 36 years.
The research was published in the international peer-reviewed journal Human Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics this month.
The researchers said that while their findings are encouraging, larger trials would be needed before a definitive conclusion could be reached. “The results of our study indicate that MCVs may be effective against SARS-CoV-2 infection in the pediatric population. However, this finding needs to be further confirmed through prospective randomized clinical trials,” said pediatrician Nilesh Gujar, principal investigator of the study. .
The measles vaccine is given at 9 months and 15 months. In 2018, the Union government launched a campaign to cover children under 18 who had not received the vaccine at these ages. The children enrolled in the Pune study had documented proof of vaccination.

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