London - Children who catch measles are more vulnerable to other deadly infections for the next two to three years, experts have warned.
Scientists say the disease wipes out a child’s immunity against other infections.
The findings would help explain the mysterious large drops in mortality of up to 50 percent following the introduction of measles vaccinations in 1968, the researchers said.
The research, led by assistant professor Michael Mina from Harvard Medical School in Boston, has been backed by previous studies which show that the measles virus infects a large proportion of the "memory cells" of the immune system.
This leads to so called "immune-amnesia", which stops the immune system remembering some of the diseases it has fought in the past.