ALBANY, N.Y. (WETM) – Health authorities have warned that people born between 1957 and 1989 may not be fully protected against measles.
Indeed, according to USA Today, in 1989, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) modified the recommendations, which consisted of switching from a single dose of the vaccine to two doses. The single vaccine may not be enough to protect you from the virus.
According to the CDC, most people born before 1957 were probably naturally infected with the measles virus and are generally not susceptible to contracting the virus.
Regardless of your age, health officials recommend checking with your doctor if you are at risk for getting measles and checking your immunization status.
So far, in 2019, over 450 measles cases have been confirmed in 19 states. This is the second highest number of measles cases since the elimination of the disease in 2000. According to the CDC, cases mainly involve unvaccinated persons.
Measles is a serious respiratory disease that causes a rash and fever. Health officials say it's very contagious and you can contract the virus just by being in a room where a person with measles has coughed or sneezed.
Symptoms usually appear about 10 to 12 days after exposure.
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