Measles vacinations given between 1963 and 1967 may not be effective

April 22, 2019 - 9:01 pm

Kansas City, MO - The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says if you were born between 1963 and 1967 and received the vaccination, you may not be protected from the virus. The vaccine was first introduced in 1963 with two versions, and one of the versions didn't actually protect against the measles.

Dr. Dana Hawkinson with University of Kansas Health System explains those with a more recent vaccination should be fine.

"If you got two of the doses of the MRR vaccine that was available after 1968, you should be fairly safe, because it has a 97% effectiveness," according to Dr Hawkinson. 

If you're unsure, you can get your immunity checked through a blood test. Dr Hawkinson says if the test shows you don't have immunity, getting another vaccination would be a good idea. 

He says those traveling are at greater risk of contracting the virus, and suggests getting checked sooner than later.

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