What people need to know about getting a measles vaccine


Health care providers at Winona Health are receiving calls from many community members concerned about measles and with questions about whether they or their children need a vaccine.

According to Winona Health Medical Staff Chief Brett Whyte, MD:

Those who have had two measles vaccines (generally given at age one and age five) do not need a booster and are at very low risk of getting measles. The protection is around 98 percent.

Those who were born before 1957 are considered immune from exposure to childhood measles and also don’t need a vaccine.

Over 90 percent of recent measles cases are in unvaccinated or under-vaccinated people.

Those who have not had the measles vaccine, or who have only had one vaccine should get the vaccine.

Measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

If you have questions about whether you were vaccinated, contact the health care organization that would have your medical records. Winona Health patients can check their vaccination records online through their My Winona Health account.

More information, including frequently asked questions about measles, is available online at www.cdc.gov/measles.

To schedule an appointment with a health care provider at Winona Health, call 507-454-3650.


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