How is vitamin A supplementation used in the management of measles?

Updated: Jun 06, 2019
  • Author: Selina SP Chen, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Vitamin A supplementation

The World Health Organization recommends vitamin A supplementation for all children diagnosed with measles, regardless of their country of residence, based on their age, [10] as follows:

  • Infants younger than 6 months: 50,000 IU/day PO for 2 doses

  • Age 6-11 months: 100,000 IU/day PO for 2 doses

  • Older than 1 year: 200,000 IU/day PO for 2 doses

  • Children with clinical signs of vitamin A deficiency: The first 2 doses as appropriate for age, then a third age-specific dose given 2-4 weeks later

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.


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