Measles Outbreak

CDC has had reports of 704 cases of measles in the United States between January 1st and APril 26th of 2019. 71% of the individuals with measles were unvaccinated and another 18% had an unknown vaccination status. 11% were vaccinated. Measles can be serious and there is no way to predict how bad a case will be.

  • CDC's MMR vaccine routine recommendations are as follows:
    • Children 12 months of age or older should have 2 doses, the first dose at age 12 to 15 months and the second dose between 4 to 6 years.
    • Adults who do not have evidence of immunity should get at least one dose of MMR vaccine. If there is no record of vaccination or proof of immunity, you should be vaccinated.
    • Certain persons should receive two doses of MMR. This includes healthcare personnel (not just clinical staff), students at post-secondary institutions (such as colleges or vocational schools), and international travelers.
  • CDC's MMR vaccine travel recommendations are as follows for international travel:
    • Infants 6 months through 11 months of age sould have 1 dose of MMR vaccine.
    • Children 12 months of age and older should receive two doses of MMR vaccine, separated by at least 28 days.
    • Adults with documentation of one dose of MMR vaccine should get a second dose. Adults who do not have evidence of immunity against measles should get two doses of MMR vaccine, separated by at least 28 days.

For more information please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/measles/index.html