Are you protected from getting measles?

A child receives a measles vaccination

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports nine outbreaks around the nation, including certain counties in NY where there are more than 200 confirmed cases centered around a community of Orthodox Jews. According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the main reason behind this is inadequate vaccination of the general population.

According to the state department of health, many Hoosiers do not know their vaccine status, or have been given an inactive strain of the virus once.

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Most cases occurred in 13 outbreak zones, including in New York City's orthodox Jewish communities.

CDC Vaccine Director Dr. Nancy Messonnier in her statement said, "Measles is imported when an unvaccinated traveller visits a country where there is widespread measles transmission, gets infected with measles and returns to the United States". However, some adults wonder if they should get a booster shot since cases of the virus are on the rise. Yet experts emphasize that vaccines are safe and the best tool available to prevent measles. The costs are much higher for measles outbreaks on a national scale: Researchers say that the 2011 outbreak, when there were 16 separate outbreaks and 107 confirmed cases of measles, cost state and local health institutions somewhere between $2.7 million to $5.3 million.

This has occurred even in adults with two documented doses of the vaccine, said Dr. Michael Phillips, chief epidemiologist at NYU Langone Health, which serves parts of New York City, a hot spot in the US outbreak. More than 500 of the people infected were not vaccinated.

"For those individuals who had one vaccine, you can talk to your physician as to whether or not there is any benefit to getting a second vaccine or not", Esper said, noting that there could be a benefit if people are in outbreak circumstances or are traveling overseas to places where measles is more common. Many patients believe that the MMR vaccine can cause autism. While measles has a number of telling symptoms, many are common with other infections. As a preventative measure, teenagers and adults alike may need to revisit their own MMR vaccination record to ensure they're still protected against measles. After that, other unvaccinated people who traveled to Israel have been infected with the measles, and people who didn't travel there at all also fell ill with the disease. This recommendation is meant to protect those who may have received killed measles vaccine, which was available from 1963 to 1967 and was not effective.

If you were born after 1957, you need at least one dose of the measles vaccine, unless a laboratory confirmed that you had a past measles infection or are immune to measles, the CDC said.

The CDC says one dose of the MMR vaccine is 93 percent effective against measles, while two doses are 97 percent effective.

Children should receive their first dose of measles vaccine, usually included with vaccines against mumps and rubella, before the age of 15 months, with a second dose before they enter school.

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. The option is ideal for anyone who's lost their vaccination records, or people born between 1957 and 1971.

Teens and adults should also be up to date on their MMR vaccination.

Additionally, officials confirmed that measles in Florida is rare - due to generally high vaccination rates - and that both confirmed cases had recently traveled internationally to Southeast Asia.

Most of these outbreaks have occurred in small, insular communities with low vaccination rates, often owing to high levels of vaccine hesitancy. "Some people can not receive the vaccine".

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