Measles Outbreak Means People Could Need Second Measles Vaccine
Measles Outbreak Means People Born Before 1989 Could Need Second Measles Vaccine
You might not be totally aware of this yet, but we’re currently in something of a measles catastrophe and the epicentre of the crisis is in the developed world.
In the U.K., according to new figures, more than half a million British children are unvaccinated, thanks to a growing and ‘grossly irresponsible’ anti-vax movement.
In America, the problem seems to be even greater, with the U.S. suffering the worst outbreak of measles since the disease was all-but eradicated from the country in the earlie 00s.
Israel, according to CNN, is suffering a similarly scary outbreak, with one 43-year-old woman slipping into a deep coma, resulting from contraction of the measles.
Families who have chosen not to vaccinate their children are among the heaviest sufferers, as you can imagine, but the problem doesn’t just end there, with recent advice being that even some who did get their jab as a child, could still be at risk, thanks to the progressing, widespread outbreak.
You’ll likely have heard of the ‘MMR’ vaccination, which is a triple jab designed to inoculate against Measles, Mumps and Rubella. Most children under the age of one will have received this vaccination in the U.K.
But while, in the 1980s, the MMR was taking off as the first defence, many will still have only received one jab. And, according to Gizmodo, even the MMR vaccine from the early 80s isn’t ‘perfectly effective.’
Not to compound your anxiety too much over this, but research has also shown resistance to mumps waning, a couple of decades post-vaccination. Arguably, weakening resistance wouldn’t be such a problem, if diseases like measles had remained in a state of eradication, but the recent outbreaks globally make it much more of an issue, as the disease becomes a present and real threat.
Don’t all panic at once though, despite the 1989 watershed for the triple vaccine, the research shows that your resistance is only likely to wane later in life. Suggestions have only been for those born in the 1960s and before to seriously consider getting themselves re-vaccinated.
If you’re worried about your own measles resistance, though, your best port of call would be to head over to the NHS’ MMR website for a bit more research. Or book an appointment with your GP to discuss.