Measles is highly contagious. Because the number of cases is rising at an alarming rate, health officials encourage adults who haven’t had measles to get vaccinated, or in some cases, re-vaccinated. Unlike most adults born before 1989, I’ve never had measles, so had no immunity. When the recent outbreak made headlines, I headed for the local pharmacy to be vaccinated. Even if you’ve been immunized, you may need a booster. See below. For more information visit the Center for Disease Control.
If any of these apply, consider vaccination or a booster.
- You’ve never been immunized against measles with the MMR vaccine.
- You’re not sure whether you received the MMR vaccine. Ask your doctor for a lab test to check your immunity level.
- You were vaccinated between 1963 and 1967. Some measles vaccines available in the early 60’s were the “killed” version, now believed to be ineffective. Ask your doctor for a lab test to check your immunity level.
- You received the vaccine before 1989. Back then it was common to give only one dose of the vaccine. Today two doses are given and believed to be more effective. Ask your doctor for a lab test to check your immunity level.
- You are a student, healthcare worker or international traveler. These groups are considered high risk. Two doses of vaccine are recommended.
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