The recent outbreak of measles in the United States has raised questions about the disease and the vaccine used to immunize against the virus. As of January 30, there were 102 confirmed cases of the measles virus in the U.S. across 14 states.
Dr. Avni Jain, a primary care physician with Adventist HealthCare Adventist Medical Group recently spoke to WTOP Radio (103.5 FM) about why it is important for children and some adults to get vaccinated against this disease. Measles is a highly contagious virus and spreads by respiratory droplets and those that are non-vaccinated can get the disease easily. The vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella is given twice starting at 12 months of age. The second shot is given around age four or five.
If adults are unsure of their or their children’s vaccination status there is a simple blood test to check for MMR immunity and can be done at their doctor’s office. Dr. Jain advises to get vaccinated immediately if they are found to be lacking immunity. According to Dr. Jain the questions about autism and the vaccine have been thoroughly studied by the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics and “they believe there is no risk.”