Immunization encouraged during accelerated measles outbreak

Immunization encouraged during accelerated measles outbreak

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The CDC announced that 626 cases of measles have been reported across the country - the largest number of cases seen in 25 years.

Katherine Wells, the Director of Public Health for the City of Lubbock, said that is only looking at the four months of data in the United States for 2019.

Some families who are worried about the nation’s outbreak are now testing their blood to make sure they are immune to the disease, but Wells said people are considered fully immunized against measles if they had three vaccinations as a child.

“If people can’t prove that they’ve had the three vaccinations, some people choose to do a blood test,” Wells said.

She said most people, if they were vaccinated as a child, are still considered immune. If you cannot find proof of vaccination or did not get all three doses, your doctor can order you what is called a measles tighter.

Wells said if the tighter is low, a lot of times the physician will recommend an additional dose of the MMR vaccine- which includes the measles.

She also said if you or your children are vaccinated, you should not worry. The bigger concern is for those who are not vaccinated.

“Schools going to be out soon, people are going to be heading on summer vacations, so it’s very easy for someone to travel to a place that might have some active measles cases,” Wells said.

She said if you are concerned about whether or not you are immune, reach out to your doctor or call a nurse at the public health department.

“We can talk to them about the pros and cons of getting vaccinated, we also have vaccinations available here at the health department if you’re uninsured or under-insured,” Wells said.

Wells said vaccination is the best way to prevent measles.

Right now, no cases of measles have appeared in Lubbock County. For more information, visit the CDC Measles Cases and Outbreaks page.

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