Measles Outbreak and the MMR Vaccine



The Health Department has been receiving many questions regarding the measles outbreak in the Untied States.

At this time, we would like to offer the following recommendations:

• Persons born before 1957 are presumed to be immune due to the prevalence of measles earlier on. We would recommend getting one vaccination to provide protection. Healthcare providers in this age group should get two doses.

• Persons born 1957-1968 most likely received a vaccination that was found to be not effective and should get two doses.

• Persons born between 1968 and 1989 most likely received one dose of the vaccination and should get a second for better protection.

• Persons born after 1989 should have received two doses as is the current schedule, and not need any further doses.

Anyone who cannot verify their vaccination should get one dose. Healthcare providers should have two.

The Health Department is ordering measles vaccines for adults who have no insurance coverage for immunizations, as well as a small supply for individuals who would like to receive the vaccine here on a self-pay basis. As this is a live vaccine, a physician order is required.  If you do have insurance that covers immunizations, please contact your physician to receive the vaccine.  We will continue to provide updates on the Measles issues as they become available.

We have also been asked about the moral compliance with Catholic Doctrine when receiving this vaccine. We have received reassurances that the vaccine is approved by the Catholic Church.  A recent article by the Catholic World Report addresses this very issue. A few excerpts are stated below.

The Vatican group concluded that it is both morally permissible and morally responsible for Catholics to use these vaccines. “In practice, the risks to personal and public health could permit its use. This is especially important for parents, who have a moral obligation to protect the life and health of their children and those around them.”

The entire report can be found at: https://www.catholicworldreport.com/…/what-does-the-catho…/…

Please call the health department at 573-883-7411 with any questions.