Amid what’s now officially the worst measles outbreak since the disease was declared eradicated back in 2000, healthcare professionals are warning adults born before 1989 that they might not be as protected against the disease as they think.
The CDC recommend the measles vaccine for every American over a year old. It’s administered in two doses with the first dose providing around 93 percent chance of immunity. The second dose ups it to 97. Trouble is, even as recently as the 1980s, only one dose was given. That means a whole lot of us (slowly raises hand) are probably in need of a second dose of the vaccine.
The concern over whether adults are as protected as possible against the disease come as the story of an Israeli woman who had been vaccinated got the measles and slipped into a coma, according to CNN. She was reportedly healthy before contracting the illness. “She’s been in a deep coma for 10 days, and we’re now just hoping for the best,” says Dr. Itamar Grotto, associate director general of Israel’s Ministry of Health.