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Sun Apr 21, 2024, 12:39 PM Apr 2024

Measles outbreak/vaccines: What Everyone Should Know


What Everyone Should Know

CDC recommends that people get MMR vaccine to protect against measles, mumps, and rubella. Children should get two doses of MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 to 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age. Teens and adults should also be up to date on their MMR vaccination.

Two MMR vaccines are available for use in the United States, M-M-R II and PRIORIX. M-M-R II and PRIORIX are fully interchangeable for all indications for which MMR vaccination is recommended. Children may also get MMRV vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox). This vaccine is only licensed for use in children who are 12 months through 12 years of age.

Who Should Get MMR Vaccine?

Adults who do not have presumptive evidence of immunity should get at least one dose of MMR vaccine.

Certain adults may need 2 doses. Adults who are going to be in a setting that poses a high risk for measles or mumps transmission should make sure they have had two doses separated by at least 28 days. These adults include

students at post-high school education institutions
healthcare personnel
international travelers


(Measles outbreak traveling around. Check with your doc. Better safe.)


International students remain in quarantine in King County hotel after measles exposure
Apr 20, 2024, 1:16 PM
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Measles outbreak/vaccines: What Everyone Should Know (Original Post) cbabe Apr 2024 OP
What about seniors who had those illnesses wnylib Apr 2024 #1
Ask your doctor. Then let us know. cbabe Apr 2024 #2
Great response. Since everyone can ask their own doctor, wnylib Apr 2024 #3
For adults they will test first if you have immunity before giving JohnSJ Apr 2024 #4
Thanks for a genuine and informative response. wnylib Apr 2024 #5


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1. What about seniors who had those illnesses
Sun Apr 21, 2024, 01:03 PM
Apr 2024

in childhood before there were vaccines for them? Are we still immune? (I still have 2 pock mark scars from chicken pox.)


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3. Great response. Since everyone can ask their own doctor,
Sun Apr 21, 2024, 01:24 PM
Apr 2024

no need to let anyone know what mine says. Or to ask any of the DU members who have medical knowledge.

I had the apparently mistaken idea that a Health forum was a place to ask and discuss health questions.

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