State law mandates students are required to get two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella-or MMR-vaccine. "A single dose of measles vaccine protects about 95 percent of children, but after two doses, nearly 100 percent are immune", MDHHS said. A second vaccine dose is given before the start of kindergarten, between ages 4 and 6 years.
Dr. Trish Perl, an infectious disease specialist with Parkland Hospital System and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says measles in adults can be far more serious than in children. Measles vaccine, or other acceptable documentation of immunity to measles, is recommended for all persons travelling internationally. It says the vaccine is 97% effective. In addition, immune globulin (Ig) treatment is effective within six days of exposure for high-risk individuals. The other option is that you can have your doctor do a blood draw to determine if you are immune or not, but that would take two trips to the doctors office. Measles is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable disease that is spread by direct person-to-person contact, and through the air.
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People born before 1 January 1969 are likely to be immune because measles used to be quite common and so this older age group does not need measles immunisation.
This is already the largest number of measles cases since 2014, when a total of 667 cases were recorded, the officials say. The disease can spread through the air from coughs or sneezes, making it especially easy to transmit, and the virus can live in the air for two hours, meaning anyone who breathes the air in that time can contract the virus.