June 9, 2011

Occupational Health Measles Update: Are You Protected?

So far in 2011, 118 measles cases have been reported in the United States, more than in any similar period since 1996.

After decades of very low rates of measles due to vaccination, infections are increasing at an alarming rate. The main reasons include resistance to childhood immunizations coupled with growing exposure due to international travel.

MMR vaccine is safe and highly effective in preventing measles and its complications. MMR vaccine is recommended routinely for all children at 12 to 15 months, with a second dose at  4 to 6 years.

For adults born after 1957 with no evidence of immunity to measles, one dose of MMR vaccine is recommended, except for health care personnel, international travelers, or students at post high school educational institutions, who should receive two doses.

Are you protected? All VUMC faculty and staff, regardless of patient contact, are covered by Medical Center immunization policy, which outlines several ways to establish immunity to measles. Check your status on the Health and Wellness Information Portal, and make sure your MMR vaccine is up to date.

Read the complete Occupational Health Clinic measles news article here.