Measles Vaccination 1/29/15

February 2nd, 2015

I have received a few calls about adults measles vaccination – recommendations below:

Current ACIP Recommendations for Measles Vaccination for Adults

Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccination

Adults born before 1957 are generally considered immune to measles and mumps. All adults born in 1957 or later should have documentation of 1 or more doses of MMR vaccine unless they have a medical contraindication to the vaccine or laboratory evidence of immunity to each of the three diseases. Documentation of provider-diagnosed disease is not considered acceptable evidence of immunity for measles, mumps, or rubella.

Measles component:

  • A routine second dose of MMR vaccine, administered a minimum of 28 days after the first dose, is recommended for adults who:
    • are students in postsecondary educational institutions;
    • work in a health care facility; or
    • plan to travel internationally
  • Persons who received inactivated (killed) measles vaccine or measles vaccine of unknown type during 1963–1967 should be revaccinated with 2 doses of MMR vaccine.

As an adult, do I need the MMR vaccine?

You do not need the MMR vaccine if you:

  • had blood tests that show you are immune to measles, mumps, and rubella
  • are someone born before 1957
  • already had two doses of MMR or one dose of MMR plus a second dose of measles vaccine
  • already had one dose of MMR and are not at high risk of measles exposure

You should get the measles vaccine if you are not among the categories listed above, and

  • are a college student, trade school student, or other student beyond high school
  • work in a hospital or other medical facility
  • travel internationally, or are a passenger on a cruise ship
  • are a woman of childbearing age

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