Do You Need A Measles Booster Shot? You Probably Do
Measles is back and the disease is back in a big way according to the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC has reported 626 cases of measles in recent weeks. That number is the highest number of cases of the disease reported in the last ten years.
For the past several years measles has thought to have been all but eradicated from the United States. But the successful immunization plans of previous generations may have left some of us less than totally protected against the highly contagious disease.
The CDC is now suggesting that people born in the late 60s, 70s, and 80s consult their doctor to see if a booster shot is necessary to continue their protection from the disease. Even though you may have been vaccinated before, the lack of exposure to the disease and changes in the vaccine could mean another shot would be beneficial.
Don't take our word for it. Ask your health care provider.
The CDC is recommending a vaccination that covers not only measles but mumps and rubella too. Even though the vaccination is for three diseases it's only one injection. Getting this kind of injection would provide a vaccine that offers 97% protection from the maladies described.