Shari Rudavsky Indianapolis Star Published 3:51 PM EDT Apr 29, 2019 As the number of measles cases in the United States continues to climb, health officials have reiterated their plea for everyone to get vaccinated. And now health officials recommend that Generation Xers and older millennials consider getting a booster shot to ensure they are protected against the disease. Most people born between 1963 and 1989 likely received one dose of the vaccine, which offers about 93 percent protection. But now with more than 700 cases of measles in 22 states, representing the largest measles outbreak since 1994, doctors think it may be best for those who had only one dose as children to receive another. There’s no risk to getting the shot that combines vaccines against measles, mumps and rubella, even to those who are already immune to the virus, experts say. “It doesn’t hurt to get MMR. If you’re immune, your body will just kill of those viruses,” said Dr. Christopher Belcher, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent. “All in all, it’s very safe.” Before 1963 when the first vaccine became available, the only way people could develop immunity was to get… Read full this story
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