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Measles, Mumps, and Varicella Research Study

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Participants needed: Babies 12 months or younger

About measles, mumps, and varicella protection in children:

Your child is currently protected from these diseases by antibodies (proteins from your immune system) that you transferred to them in pregnancy. These levels of protection decrease quickly in the first year of life, potentially leaving infants at risk of getting these diseases prior to receiving their own immunizations (which in Nova Scotia are given at 12 months of age).

Purpose of the study:

The purpose of this study is to measure the level of protection against measles, mumps and varicella (chickenpox) in infants.

This study will help us determine the level of protection against these diseases in infants of different ages, and to understand whether and for how long infants may be at risk of measles, mumps or chickenpox prior to receiving their own immunizations. The results may help decision-makers ensure that we are protecting infants as best as we can by determining when they should be immunized, and what the risks of developing the measles, mumps and varicella if they are exposed to these diseases.

Is my child eligible to participate?

Your child can take part in this study if:

  • He/she is 12 months of age or younger.
  • He/she was born at equal to or greater than 37 weeks gestation.
  • He/she has no previous history of measles, mumps or varicella infection.
  • He/she has no underlying health problems that would affect their immune system.

Participant commitment:

Participation in the study involves 1 scheduled study visit and blood (up to 7 mL, or about 1 ½ tsp) will be taken from you and your child using a small needle in the arm.

You may incur travel and parking costs. . You will receive a pre-paid parking pass if you park in the IWK parking garage.

Contact Jill Mutch

Phone 902-470-3860


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