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Ensure Your Baby’s Safety, C-Section Babies Need Double Protection Against Measles: Study

C-Section Babies Need Double Protection Against Measles

United States: Measles is a serious concern for health authorities and the general public of the US. Amid the situation, a new study has concluded that the infants born by C-section must receive two jabs against the disease as there are less chances that a single jab will offer protection. 

Reportedly, the study has outlined that the single dose of the measles jab is around 2.6 times less effective for babies born via C-section as compared to vaginally. The major reason behind this was the failure of the immune system to produce the antibodies necessary to fight against measles infection. 

The researchers have further elaborated that the second jab do act as a catalyst in rousting the immunity against measles. Accordingly, the study was published in journal Nature Microbiology. 

While addressing the concern, the co-senior study author, who is a lecturer in genetics at the University of Cambridge in the UK – Henrik Salje, said, “We’ve discovered that the way we’re born — either by C-section or natural birth — has long-term consequences on our immunity to diseases as we grow up,” as per the reports by HealthDay News.  

The health experts underlined that measles emerges as a potent threat, where even marginal vaccine lapses could precipitate a formidable outbreak, as indicated by researchers’ background discourse.

Before the advent of measles immunization in 1963, this malady wrought an estimated 2.6 million fatalities annually, as chronicled by researchers. Manifesting initially akin to a common cold but distinguishable by a peculiar rash, measles may culminate in grave complications such as vision impairment, convulsions, and mortality.

“We know that a lot of children don’t end up having their second measles jab, which is dangerous for them as individuals and for the wider population,” remarked Salje. ” Infants born by C-section are the ones we really want to be following up to make sure they get their second measles jab because their first jab is much more likely to fail,” according to HealthDay. 

Researchers posit that the heightened ineffectiveness rate among infants delivered via C-section can be attributed to dissimilarities in their intestinal microbiota. Vaginal childbirth typically facilitates the transference of a more diverse array of microorganisms from mother to offspring, thereby fortifying the immune system.

“With a C-section birth, children aren’t exposed to the mother’s microbiome in the same way as with a vaginal birth,” Salje mentioned, adding, “We think this means they take longer to catch up in developing their gut microbiome, and with it, the ability of the immune system to be primed by vaccines against diseases including measles.”

Statistics from the March of Dimes disclose that approximately one-third (32%) of infants in the United States undergo Caesarean delivery.

Drawing upon data gleaned from a longitudinal investigation encompassing over 1,500 children in Hunan, China, researchers collected blood specimens at intervals spanning from birth to 12 years of age.

Results indicate that roughly 12% of infants born via Caesarean section evinced negligible immune reaction to their maiden measles vaccination, in contrast to 5% of those delivered vaginally.

Consequently, a considerable cohort of Caesarean-born progeny found themselves bereft of measles immunity post-initial inoculation.

Safeguarding against measles necessitates the administration of two doses of the vaccine to instigate a durable immune defense. Yet, only 83% of children worldwide received the initial dosage by their inaugural birthday in 2022 — marking the nadir since 2008, researchers noted, according to the reports by HealthDay. 

“Vaccine hesitancy is really problematic, and measles is top of the list of diseases we’re worried about because it’s so infectious,” underscored Salje.

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