A friend of mine shared a long post made by a friend of hers with a photo of a baby attached. The woman recounted the anniversary of her daughter’s death when she was still too young to receive the MMR vaccination and became exposed to the deadly virus during a visit to the pediatrician’s office.
Just the other day, while taking my own two children to the pediatrician’s office, a large letter was on the window stating that patients who refused vaccinations would not be accepted by the medical practice.
The reality is that the world is becoming an increasingly dangerous place for youth (and the adults who care for them. From mass shootings now to viruses that can kill, there’s reason to take extra care. Since 2000, when the disease was thought to be eradicated, there have since been more than 704 reported cases among individuals who have been vaccinated with MMR across 22 states.
It may suprise you to hear that if you were born between the years 1957-1989, you may put yourself and others at risk for the measles. The Center for Disease Control has issued a statement that individuals born before 1989 that they are at higher risk for mumps, measles, and rubella.
The MMR shot used to be a single dose before 1989, but now, the CDC states this may not be sufficient protection against the three dangerous viruses. Travelers without immunization from measles can carry the virus, and expose individuals, as happened in California at the LAX airport.
If you don’t know how many shots or what you are immunized against, you can ask your doctor for a blood test to see what antigens are in your system. Also, doctor’s offices report their immunization records to the state health department, and you can also contact there to receive your immunization record.