You may not be protected against the measles outbreak

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Measles, mumps and rubella vaccines are seen in a cooler at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y., Wednesday, March 27, 2019. The county in New York City’s northern suburbs declared a state of emergency Tuesday over a measles outbreak that has infected more than 150 people since last fall, hoping a ban against […]

(NEWS10) — Health officials are issuing a warning that people born between 1957 and 1989 may not be fully protected against the measles.

That’s because, according to USA Today, in 1989, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changed the recommendations from getting a single dose of the vaccine to getting two doses. The single vaccine may not be enough to protect you against the virus.

The CDC says most people born before 1957 are likely to have been naturally infected with measles virus and generally not susceptible to getting the virus.

Regardless of your age, health officials recommend checking with your doctor to see if you are at risk of contracting measles and your vaccine status.

So far in 2019, there have been more than 450 cases of measles confirmed in 19 states. This is the second-largest number of cases of measles since the disease was eliminated in 2000. The CDC says cases are primarily among those who are not vaccinated. 

Measles is a serious respiratory disease that causes a rash and fever. Health officials say it is very contagious and you can contract the virus just by being in a room where someone with measles coughed or sneezed.

Symptoms typically appear about 10 to 12 days after being exposed.

FAQs about measles and vaccination.

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