Adults near California measles outbreaks may need another vaccine dose, CDC says


Officials on Wednesday warned of potential measles exposure at a Middlesex County indoor trampoline park and an Ocean County banquet hall. Officials know festivalgoers aged 15 - 25 years may have missed out on the MMR vaccine as a child. "They may have received a series of vaccinations when they were younger, but some may not be aware of their vaccination status".

"Anyone born before 1957 can be presumed immune and won't need to be vaccinated", he said, adding that for individuals who are unsure of their vaccination status, getting a second inoculation poses no danger.

If your child is older than 6 months and you'll be traveling overseas, or if your baby has had a known exposure within 72 hours, your pediatrician may go ahead and vaccinate.

According to the ISDH, Indiana residents choosing to seek a MMR vaccine from a pharmacist using the order should state they will be using the state health commissioner's standing order.

Before traveling to a country with ongoing measles outbreaks, infants from 6 to 11 months old should receive one dose of the vaccine.

"You can certainly get one from your family doctor, but you can also go to your local pharmacy", said Weaver. The state's order was created to make it easier for adults to receive the vaccination from pharmacies.

"You need to know whether you are protected against the measles", Bankole said. "One shot covers all three, and mumps has been making a comeback".

(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Indiana pharmacists can administer the measles vaccines to any adult, regardless of whether they have a prescription.

Before the measles vaccine became widely available in the 1960s, about 3 million to 4 million children in the United States contracted measles each year, with 48,000 hospitalizations and 400 to 500 deaths, according to the CDC. The state recommends health care workers and college students receive two doses, or provide evidence of immunity. Measles is easily spread through the air when someone coughs or sneezes.

Measles is a highly contagious and unsafe disease, with symptoms that include a rash that can cover the entire body, fever, cold, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. Sometimes there are spots in the mouth, but then, the tell-tale sign of measles infection is a whole-body rash, said Dr. Tamara Sheffield, medical director of community health and prevention at Intermountain Healthcare.

Measles can be serious, and there is no treatment or cure. It said this is largest number of cases reported in the USA since 1994.

There are pockets of dangerously low vaccination rates that make the return of preventable diseases more likely. Measles is so contagious that over 90 percent of people who are exposed and not vaccinated or immune from previously contracting measles will get the disease.