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CDC: Some Older Adults Should Be Revaccinated Against Measles

Posted on Friday, May 10, 2019 1:32 PM

As you know, there is a sizable outbreak of measles in the United States going on right now.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is advising that anyone who received the measles vaccine prior to 1968 should be revaccinated. 

People who have documentation of receiving live measles vaccine in the 1960s do not need to be revaccinated, but people “who were vaccinated prior to 1968 with either inactivated (killed) measles vaccine or measles vaccine of unknown type should be revaccinated with at least one dose of live attenuated measles vaccine. This recommendation is intended to protect those who may have received killed measles vaccine, which was available in 1963-1967 and was not effective.”

This recommendation also applies to people born between 1957 and the early 1960s who may not have been vaccinated against measles at all.

If a patient does not know if they have been vaccinated, they should receive the MMR vaccine.

Source: NAHC Report

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