Should you consider a measles vaccination booster?

Measles cases increase due to lack of vaccination

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Those born between 1958 and 1989 are urged to consider getting the MMR vaccine, Novant Health says, amid the recent measles outbreak.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 700 cases of measles have been reported in the U.S. this year. "It’s the most since 1994, when 963 cases occurred,” Novant says.

Novant says there has been a fear of vaccines causing autism "thanks to misinformation from the 1980s,” where a doctor in England said there was a supposed link.

"It’s been completely disproven,” said Dr. Jennifer Crutchfield Squires, a pediatrician at Novant Health Elizabeth Pediatrics. “The link between autism and vaccination is based on false science and that doctor’s study has been proven wrong by multiple other studies,” Squires said.

Dr. David Priest, Novant Health’s Chief Safety and Quality Officer, provided guidelines for adults who may need a MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccination booster:

  • People born before 1957: The CDC says the majority of people born before 1957 are likely to have been infected and are presumed to be protected against measles.
  • People born between 1958 and 1989: Those born during this time frame should consider having their immunity determined through a blood test or getting the MMR vaccine or booster if:
    • They have never been vaccinated, received the vaccine in the 1960s, received a single MMR vaccine and are at risk of exposure to measles, or are considering pregnancy and are unsure of their immunizations status, Priest says.

Seventy-seven-percent of measles cases involved people who were unvaccinated, Novant says. The two-dose MMR series, which came after 1989, is 97% effective, health officials say.

The CDC recommends all children get the two-dose series, starting with the first dose between the ages of 12 and 15 months, and the second dose between 4 and 6 years old. Novant says children can receive the second dose earlier as long as it is at least 28 days after the first dose.

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