CDC Measles Vaccine Recommendations

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The CDC has had reports of 704 cases of measles in the United States between January 1st and April 26th of 2019. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the United States since 1994 and also since measles was declared eliminated in 2000. The measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine is highly effective against measles, as two doses of the vaccine are about 97% effective in preventing the disease.

Given recent measles activity nationwide, providers may encounter questions regarding vaccination recommendations for older individuals and individuals with unknown vaccination status. Providers are encouraged to discuss measles vaccination with their patients. Current CDC MMR vaccination guidelines can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/measles/ and are given below: