Adults May Need A Measles Vaccine Booster

April 25, 2019

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In 2000 measles was basically eliminated in the United States but in 2019, there are nearly 700 cases in 22 states today and the number appears to be growing.  For most, the measles vaccine is a safe and effective way to prevent you from catching this highly contagious disease, which can cause fever, cough, skin rash and can be deadly. While most children get the MMR vaccine at the age of one and a second booster around the time they start school, for older people a booster may be necessary. The measles vaccine first became available in 1963 with the first vaccine containing a weakened yet live measles virus. A few years later (1967) a second vaccine was developed using a totally deal measles virus but this one was discontinued because it wasn’t as effective as the weakened live version.  So you’ll want to check your immunization records to verify the type of vaccine you received.  Even if you received the weakened live vaccine, a second inoculation may be required. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) changed their vaccine recommendation policy in 1989 that children should actually get two doses of the measles vaccine.  While one dose is 93% effective, adding a second one bumped the rate up to 97% effective. So check with your doctor and review your vaccination records (if you can find them). It may be recommended you get a second measles vaccine if you travel a lot (especially internationally), you work in healthcare, attend college or otherwise at high risk of being exposed to measles. The CDC guidelines on measles is that you do not need a vaccine if you know you've had measles, you were born before 1957, currently pregnant, have a weakened immune system or you've had a lab test that shows you're immune to measles.

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SOURCE: Lifehacker

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