County urges adults to be aware of their vaccination history

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"As we see more cities and counties in the United States experience cases of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles, it is of the utmost importance that we continue our work to prevent that from happening in Pima County".

It is believed that many people could be susceptible to the potentially unsafe virus in Utah, as the state is already experiencing an outbreak of mumps.

Measles symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes.

Nationally, the number of measles cases reported is the highest in the USA since 1994. If you suspect you have measles, you should seek telephone advice immediately from your healthcare provider before travelling to the healthcare setting.

"Anybody that got the vaccine, one or two doses of the vaccine after that period of time is likely already immune", Martinez said. However, the spiking measles cases across the country still have local health officials and workers anxious. "And as a result, particularly in pockets where there are lots of people who are not vaccinated, there have been outbreaks".

Box says, "Vaccination is the best way to prevent the spread of this highly contagious disease, and we want to remove any barriers that may prevent Hoosiers from being protected during this nationwide outbreak".

In 1989, both the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (www.cdc.gov) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (pediatrics.aappublications.org) revised their immunization schedules to recommend that all school-age children receive a second dose of measles-containing vaccine.

Health officials estimate about three out of 100 people who get two doses of the vaccine will still get measles if exposed to the virus, health officials estimate.

Per ADHS, you are immune to measles if you have received two doses of the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccines or were born before 1957 and have received one MMR vaccine.

He had received the vaccination 67 hours after being exposed to the virus.

Data show the vaccine is most effective if it's administered when a person is at least one year old.

"If you have been exposed, you are at risk if you have not been vaccinated or have not had measles", a statement from the health department said.

Finally, although a single dose of the measles vaccine is about 93% effective, the CDC also recommends (www.cdc.gov) that adults who are at increased risk of exposure should have had at least two doses of the vaccine at least 28 days apart.

I had measles. Do I need a vaccine?

Anyone born before 1957 is considered immune to measles because nearly all individuals born prior to that year likely had measles.

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