Published: Sat, May 04, 2019
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

County urges adults to be aware of their vaccination history

County urges adults to be aware of their vaccination history

While measles hasn't spread to ME this year despite numerous outbreaks in other parts of the country - primarily in New York City and Washington state - some adults, especially those in their 30s, 40s and early 50s, are wondering whether they need a measles booster shot.

"If you or your child has not been vaccinated against measles, [MMR vaccine] contact your physician or visit the Child Health Clinic located at the Hamilton Health Centre, 67 Victoria Street, Hamilton". "This recommendation is meant to protect those who may have received killed measles vaccine, which was available in 1963-1967 and was not effective", the agency noted on its website.

"We're thinking we may not escape that bullet", said Allyn Nakashima, program manager at the state health department, because of outbreaks in "surrounding states".

When asked if he would follow measures attempted in France and the U.S. to tackle measles, he said: "I wouldn't rule out anything but I don't think we're there yet".

Fargo Cass Public Health immunization coordinator, Jessica Leitch, explains how quickly the virus can spread-with just one case. "And it can stay in the room for up to two hours". "This is a call to arms", Agus said.

Many people who received measles vaccination between 1963 and 1989 only had one dose.

Measles is caused by a virus and spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Lopez said that by its very nature as a resort destination for people from around the world, Summit County has at least some risk of a measles case popping up.

"From 1960-1968, they might have gotten a vaccine that wasn't as effective as the vaccine that we have now", Martinez said.

One person from northern IN has gotten the measles.

"People with the two have 97 percent", Moench said.

I had measles. Do I need a vaccine? Moench says your healthcare provider should have your records. Babies under 12 months are ineligible to receive the vaccine, leaving them vulnerable to the potentially lethal virus.

No, if you were infected by measles, mumps, or rubella in the past, you are immune, according to the CDC. She said public perception of vaccinations is likely being changed by social media, which "may not be scientific". In an interview published by Oxford Vaccine Group, Dr. Manish Sadarangani estimates that in the case of measles, at least 90-95% of the population needs to be vaccinated to maintain herd immunity and safeguard the young and the infirm. Talk to your doctor first if you are on chronic medications.

And if you're going to get pricked anyway, experts say the shot is cheaper than drawing blood.

"We know vaccines are safe because they are among the most studied medical products we have". On April 2, the Maine CDC reported a measles exposure by a MA resident who had visited the Skin Clinic in Falmouth and the Maine Centers for Healthcare Endoscopy in Westbrook on March 27, but so far there have not been any reported cases in Maine from that exposure.

In a society with a high vaccination rate, herd immunity protects those who can't be vaccinated. The NDIIS was started in the mid 1990's, so immunizations administered prior to that may not be available.

Redfield also encouraged parents to speak with their family doctor or other health care professional for more information.

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