Need A Boost…er?

By Christy Lenahan - Health Hacks Contributor May 2, 2019

A few months ago, I wrote about the importance of vaccinations and the re-emergence of

measles in the United States. At that time, the latest statistics stated that there were 372

documented cases of measles during the entire 2018 year. As of April 24, 2019 there are 695

documented cases of measles in 22 states. The good news – Louisiana is NOT one of the 22

states reporting documented cases of measles. The bad news – our neighboring state, Texas, and

one of many Louisianans’ favorite beach vacation spots, Florida, DID report documented cases

of measles in 2019.

So why is all of this important? Well, new evidence suggests that certain “vaccinated”

people may not be immune to the measles virus. According the Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention, there are new recommendations that state anyone born after 1957 may have not

received the two dose MMR series currently recommended by the CDC and should have a lab

test to ensure that they are immune to measles. More importantly, persons vaccinated between

the years of 1963 to 1967 may have received the killed measles vaccine, which was not effective.

Thus, even though you were vaccinated, you may still be susceptible to contracting the measles


While I would recommend all adults get a lab test to check for immunity to measles and a

booster MMR if needed, with summer vacation and travel right around the corner – the time to

do this is NOW! Remember, the complications of measles, especially in children, can include

pneumonia, swelling of the brain, and death. So please consider having yourself checked for

immunity to measles and protect yourself, your family, your community, and your state!