CLEVELAND – Cases of a highly contagious disease, once thought to be eradicated, are on the rise in the United States. Health experts warn that some adults already vaccinated against measles may still be at risk of contracting it.
"Pretty much everybody born before 1956 was exposed to measles virus, and therefore they have immunity. These people generally do not have to worry about being vaccinated again, "said Dr. Roy Buchinsky, Director of Wellness for University Hospitals, based at the Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood.
However, Dr. Buchinsky said that anyone born in the late 1
950s through the 1960s might need another measles vaccination, even if they received one as a child.
"That vaccine was not as effective as the current MMR vaccine. As a result, people may have been vaccinated, but they may not have immunity, "he said.
So far in 2019, there have been 159 reported cases of measles in the United States. There were 372 cases in all of the past year.
Measles cases have been reported in states this year, with outbreaks of three or more cases in New York, Illinois, Texas and Washington states.
"It can be anything It's just not an inconvenience when you have a rash, it can really cause serious problems, "said the doctor.
Health experts say that cases of measles are on the rise as people contract the disease outside the country and spread it in the United States. Centers for Disease Control officials recommend getting vaccinated or checked before traveling abroad
"But my recommendation is if you are going to a region or county or city where you know that there is an increase in the incidence of measles, this is not bad thing To get your blood checked for the antivils of the measles so that you know that you have immunity, "said Dr. Buchinsky
He urged all parents to have their children vaccinated.
"You can see that if we carry on with this trend, that the incidence of measles will continue to grow," said Buchinsky.
More on measles, here.