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Vaccinate: While there may be social or cultural impacts of a measles outbreak the more critical issue is one of not vaccinating. The number of lives that have been saved due to successful vaccination campaigns by far out weighs any risk due to the actual vaccination. To some it is a rather contentious issue but i can't stress enough the importance of vaccinations. ...Read more
Would not hurt : Please excuse the pun.There are various estimates on protection from a single measles shot, .Approaching 95% and during outbreaks even people with 2 shots have become infected.Another shot will not hurt your immune system if you are immune but it might prevent you from getting it now. ...Read more
Each of the 3 times i was pregnant it was found that i did not have the immunity to mmr. How concerned should I be with the current measles outbreak?
MMR?: Were you tested for all three components or just rubella? The outbreak is rubeola red measles, not rubella. I would not suggest getting the MMR booster for an adult female. Cod liver oil can help as can chinese herbs- and i would see a chinese medicine practitioner for that. There is also a product called air tea that can be helpful (see www.Franzcenter.Com /herbaceuticals for more information). ...Read more
What to do if I have had my two MMR vacinations as a child, I am 5 months pregnant and there is a reported measles outbreak where I'm from.?
MMR: Most of the time, prenatal blood work includes a test to see if you are immune. Call the ObGyn, and check. ...Read more
My country currently has the measles outbreak so should I get a measles vaccine shot? I already got 2 shots when i was 9 months & 18 months old. I'm 18 yrs old. Plus, i never have measles before
With the recent outbreak of measles, would adults have to get re-vaccinated if they originally got vaccinated as a child decades ago?
If you had 2 doses : Of MMR at least 28 days apart as a child, no. If born after 1957, college students, cruise ship passengers ; crew, international travelers, medical workers ; women of child-bearing age are at high risk. Get titers if unsure. If low, get an MMR a month before conception, vaccine phobia is bringing back horrible diseases that were eradicated from the us. Congenital rubella is devastating. ...Read more
If my son had his 1st dose of MMR in 2013, is he still protected from measles? He isn't due for 2nd dose til next yr. Worried about measle outbreak.
Yes: Typically the second dose is not due till age 4. If a larger outbreak occurrs it can be preponed, but there are no such guidelne changes. 1st dose must be given at 1 year of age or later. ...Read more
Not sure as a baby but I know I got an MMR shot in school. Am I protected as an adult from measle outbreak? Born in 82 shot was early 90's.
Maybe: We started giving a second dose of the MMR in the early 90's and that one was usually given as early as 4 yo and for many in school whose parents wanted them covered.If you've had any kids, your OB may have verified your measles immunity as part of their routine blood work.You might be able to check and see. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vaccination: I’d be far more worried about the medical impact! however, any measles outbreak is evidence of inadequate vaccination in the community, something we’re seeing way too much of in our own country due to the growing trend of vaccine refusal by parents. My hope is that the cultural and social impact of a measles outbreak would be education and legislation focused on preventing death through universal. ...Read more
Tender loving care: There is no cure for measles [virus is too smart for us]. Do things to make yourself feel better while you wait for your body to kick out the virus. Take Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen for fever or muscle aches. No aspirin! call your doc [especially for babies]. Watch out for: ear pain, croup, diarrhea, severe cough/shortness of breath [pneumonia], lethargy/confusion [big deal brain infection]. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers