The MEASLES vaccine, known as the MMR vaccine, is the best form of protection against the virus. The bite is long lasting and routinely given to infants and preschoolers, but should adults receive the vaccine, especially with the current epidemic in Europe?
Measles, a highly infectious viral disease, prevail throughout Europe. A recent report found that cases in the first six months of this year were much higher than the total of 12 months for each year of the decade.
According to the CDC, if you received the two standard doses of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine after 1967, you will be protected against measles for life.
There is a gray area for adults vaccinated between 1963 and 1967. At that time, doctors were using a killed virus vaccine. Later, doctors discovered that the version of the deadly virus was not as effective. Many children who received this version later received the MMR version and should be fine. If you are not sure where you are, ask your doctor.
The CDC says that anyone born before 1957 should be protected because they have probably been exposed to at least two major outbreaks of measles, which gives them immunity.
If you have ever had measles, you will not have them.
If you have any confusion about getting measles, you should talk to your doctor. A blood test is available to check the level of immunity of measles antibodies. Non-immunized adults should receive two doses of MMR separated by at least 28 days.