Wondering About Measles? Looking for a vaccine?

Measles outbreaks (3 or more cases) are currently ongoing in 2019 in 6 U.S. locations:

• New York: Rockland County and New York City; Washington; California: Butte County; Michigan; New Jersey.

These outbreaks are linked to travelers who brought measles back from other countries such as Israel, Ukraine, and the Philippines, where large measles outbreaks are occurring.

Should I get a measles vaccine?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the measles -mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine if you are not immune to measles.

How do I know if I am immune to measles?

CDC considers you protected from measles if you have written documentation showing at least one of the following:

  • You received two doses of measles-containing vaccine, and you are a(n)—
    • school-aged child (grades K-12)
    • adult who will be in a setting that poses a high risk for measles transmission, including students at post-high school education institutions, healthcare personnel, and international travelers.
  • You received one dose of measles-containing vaccine, and you are a(n)—
    • preschool-aged child
    • adult who will not be in a high-risk setting for measles transmission.
  • A laboratory confirmed that you had measles at some point in your life.
  • A laboratory confirmed that you are immune to measles.
  • You were born in the United States before 1957.

Where can I be vaccinated in Newton?

Most health insurance plans cover vaccines – check with your plan if you have coverage questions. If you need the MMR vaccine and you are unable to get it through your primary care provider, check with the following places (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Keyes Drug (617) 244-2794
  • CVS Minute Clinic (617) 244-0821
  • Walgreens (617) 658-6421
  • Newton-Wellesley Hospital Travel Medicine (617) 243-6597

 What if I’m traveling to New York?

There are not currently any recommendations specific to U.S. travel to ongoing measles outbreak locations. Check with your primary health care provider for recommendations specific to your situation, including if you are a part of a specific community such as Orthodox Jewish.

What if I was vaccinated in the 1960s?

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. Killed measles vaccine, which was available in 1963-1967, was not effective.

Questions?

Newton Health and Human Services Department

(617) 796-1420

www.cdc.gov/measles

Special Circumstances? Click PDF below for more information.

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