Published: Thu, May 02, 2019
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Do You Need a Measles Booster?

Do You Need a Measles Booster?

Two more Jewish schools have been closed by the New York City Department of Health due to unwillingness to comply with an order to produce documents proving compliance with an order to bar unvaccinated children from the building.

The clinic will also be available for unvaccinated camp counselors, staff and Westchester residents. Unlike the flu vaccine, which sometimes runs out during peak season, there's no shortage of MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) availability.

Approximately 704 measles cases have been reported in the US since January 1, the highest number since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000, according to the CDC.

"Most people are protected with one dose", Heath said.

Symptoms include cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes, sore throat, fever, and a red, blotchy skin rash. However, a very small fraction of people can suffer complications like pneumonia and swelling of the brain.

She suggested that Nova Scotia may not have seen the same level of outbreak as other places in Canada first, because as far as local doctors know, most people in the province are vaccinated, and second, because the Maritimes don't experience as much domestic and global travel.

Health officials say current measles outbreaks in the US are fueled by the anti-vaccination movement, which questions the safety of vaccines and frequently spreads false information on social media. "People in the military and those who work in health care also may have had to get a second measles dose". In 1912, according to the CDC, "measles became a nationally notifiable disease in the United States, requiring USA healthcare providers and laboratories to report all diagnosed cases".

MARTIN: So you said things could get out of control.

Some adults may need a new dose depending on whether they received the recommended two doses of the live virus or if they are travelling into and out of outbreak areas.

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While two doses of the vaccine are recommended for children, a single dose of the measles vaccine should be sufficient for an adult.

However, the Georgia Department of Public Health is urging parents to make sure their children are up to date on their immunizations - particularly the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Measles can result in mild or severe cases. Before the development of the vaccine and its widespread use starting in 1963, measles was a fact of life for many families, affecting as many as three or four million people in the USA each year. I mean, how did we go from the measles has been eradicated to now an outbreak like we're seeing? Officials said that in addition to two outbreaks that have been linked to patients with global travel, there have been 28 other outbreak-associated cases. For children ages 6 months to 18 years old that qualify for New York State's Vaccines for Children Program will receive the MMR vaccine free.

The number of measles cases in Auckland continues to climb after the regional public health service confirmed we are in the midst of an outbreak.

People born before 1957 don't need to worry about getting the MMR vaccine because they've likely already been infected by measles.

"It's important not to worry, but it's important to be preventative", Dr. Renugga Vivekanandan, an infectious disease specialist at CHI Health said.

Some adults might even want to consider getting the vaccine.

Despite ample scientific evidence to the contrary, rumors persist that challenge the safety of childhood vaccinations.

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