The vaccine “MMR“protects us against measles, rubella and mumps. In Argentina, it is listed in the National Immunization ScheduleWe receive the first dose at 12 months of age and the second at 5 or 6 years of age. Now, a scientific report suggests that it could also protect us against the worst consequences of coronavirus.
The research published in the journal of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), is edited by Dr. Paul Fidel of Louisiana State University and Dr. Mairi Noverr of Tulane University (both USA).
“The administration of the vaccine MMR (which stands for Measles, Mumps, Rubella) may serve as a preventive measure to buffer the inflammation and sepsis associated with Covid-19. It has no contraindications and can be especially effective for health workers, who can easily be exposed to Covid-19,” the authors explain in the scientific study.
“I don’t think it would hurt anyone to have an MMR vaccine that would protect against measles, mumps, and rubella with this potential additional benefit of helping against Covid-19,” said scientist Fidel. According to the research, the “triple viral” vaccine should be able to induce myeloid suppressor cells (MDSC) to inhibit or reduce severe lung inflammation associated with coronavirus.
“If adults got MMR as children, they probably still have some level of measles, mumps and rubella antibodies, but probably not the myeloid suppressor cells (MDSC),” said Fidel, who estimates that a triple viral booster “would improve measles, mumps and rubella antibodies and restart MDSC.
The study was conducted on 955 sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt that tested positive for Covid-19. “The mild symptoms (with only one hospitalization) may have been a consequence of the fact that MMR vaccines are administered to all U.S. Navy recruits,” the researchers say.
The American Society for Microbiology stated that “recent events support the researchers’ hypothesis and that with respect to the data epidemiologicalThese suggest a correlation between people living in places that routinely receive MMR vaccine and reduced mortality rates from Covid-19. He adds that the coronavirus didn’t have a big impact on the kids, and researchers hypothesize that one reason would be because children are protected – more recently and more often – from viral infections that induce sepsis.
Consulted by Infobae, the infectious disease expert Lautaro De Vedia explained that the scientific study reveals an interesting and new fact, “but it is still that. From there to move it to run to get vaccinated for this news, it does not correspond”.
I want to believe that we are all vaccinated because these are vaccines that are given at birth and in childhood and are part of the National Immunization Schedule. In addition, going out to get vaccinated because one reads this news is totally inconsistent, since in addition to not corresponding, it can generate a demand that leaves the children of one year without stock,” said the expert.
He added: “Currently, due to the expansion of measles in the world and the resurgence it has had in the last year in Argentina The vaccination campaigns and especially the health personnel. For example, there was a low vaccination rate in Venezuela and an evident import of cases from that country in recent years. It is also noteworthy that measles has increased in Italy, France and others, where there are anti-vaccine movement campaigns.
De Vedia indicated that “with respect to this news, it is to emphasize that it is an element to investigate and to make studies, that will have to be extended and validated, by experts”.
Infectologist Silvia González Ayala categorically stated that this is the third vaccine they have attributed with possible beneficial effects against COVID-19. First was the BCGthen Sabin oral polio, and now the Triple Viral.
“You can’t keep going around with these things because it’s terrible to create false expectations,” he concluded.
Already in April, scientists from United States had warned of the benefits of the BCG coronavirus vaccine. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health said that countries with a widespread vaccination program using the Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine have a coronavirus death rate nearly six times lower than nations that don’t use it.
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Over 100 years old, the BCG vaccine provides tuberculosis immunity (TB), a bacterial infection, but it is known to have other benefits. Previous trials have found that people who receive the vaccine have an improved immune system and can protect themselves from infection. For example, in a trial among Native Americans, the childhood BCG vaccine was able to offer protection against TB for up to 60 years after vaccination.