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Question Measles -- vacinate old people?
I'm 67. I know for certain I've never had the measles.
(I sure remember the mumps and chicken pox.)
Measles vaccine did not exist when I went to school.

In school, we received Small Pox, Tetanus, and the Salk Polio Vaccine when it came out.

I received a series of shots in the late 1960s for military service; but, I have no idea if that included measles. I highly doubt that it did.

Mrs Mongo is a kindergarten teacher.

Should I get the MMR shot?

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RE: Measles -- vacinate old people?
If you've never had measles it's probably a good idea to get the vaccination. Around here it's expected that people will have vaccinations for common childhood diseases (especially pertussis) when they become grandparents. I think it's a very sensible precaution.

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RE: Measles -- vacinate old people?
While most people think that that the greatest risk in having measles is infertility, after a certain age, that is of course not an issue, but there are a ton of problems that measles can cause for people of a certain age, therefore, if you are not allergic to the vaccine or any of the components, it is advisable to get it. This will also lessen the chance that you become a carrier, and therefore protect others in the process. Vaccines from childhood wear out after 50, so a general re-vaccination is never the worst idea, especially since some childhood diseases are deadly for those over 65.
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RE: Measles -- vacinate old people?
im 56 and think I had the measles I know I had the mumps and chicken pox. I maybe had the vaccine too when I went to first grade.

I think if memory serves my mom talking about my having the "German Measles" whatever that was. I do know I had something at around 4 that almost killed me and had the old country doc making three trips a day out here 20 miles to keep me going. Same thing whatever it was did kill several local kids back then but for the life of me I think it was some kind of weird flu going around in the early sixties???
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RE: Measles -- vacinate old people?
Ghost, German Measles is what they used to call rubella...

Rubella is a viral illness that causes a skin rash and joint pain. A rubella infection is mild for most people, but it can have catastrophic consequences for an unborn baby. If a pregnant woman contracts rubella, her baby is at risk of severe and permanent birth defects or death.

Rubella is sometimes called German measles, but rubella is a different viral disease to measles.

Rubella is uncommon in Australia and other countries with widespread immunisation programs. Outbreaks still occur, so it is important to continue vaccinating children to prevent the spread of infection to pregnant women.
http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2...es/Rubella

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The US is currently having a measles outbreak. Likely due to not enough people being vaccinated. Some parents resist vaccinating their children because they fear vaccines are linked to autism. Or, their logic is: they don't need to be vaccinated because "herd immunity" will keep them from catching whatever. Kids are required to have vaccinations to enter school in most states. There are too many exemptions.

When I was a young boy in the early 1950s -- polio was the big fear. If you didn't know someone who had it; you knew someone who in-turn knew a person with it. The Salk vaccine was the greatest breakthrough in immunology of the 20th century.

The vaccination program that we had in the 1950s provided free vaccinations at school. IIRC, a signed permission by the parents was required; but, I know of no parent who didn't want their kids vaccinated. Unfortunately, there was no vaccine for Measles, Mumps, Chicken Pox, and Rubella. The county I lived in quarantined homes with measles.

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I was purposely exposed to the measles and mumps as a kid in the early '50s. The thought back then was to get them as a child to develop antibodies for later in life. I never caught either one. Now there is a test the doctor can use to see if you're susceptible to the measles prior to a vaccination,

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(01-25-2015 09:48 AM)sgearhart Wrote:  I was purposely exposed to the measles and mumps as a kid in the early '50s. The thought back then was to get them as a child to develop antibodies for later in life. I never caught either one. Now there is a test the doctor can use to see if you're susceptible to the measles prior to a vaccination,

They look for an immune globulin protein that shows a person has either had the disease or has been vaccinated.

I just read where the MMR vaccine is an attenuated live vaccine. I infer from that: every person in this home should have an MMR else they risk infection from a recently vaccinated person whom is shedding the virus.

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I am 61 and growing up I had measles, mumps, and chicken pox. Also had a strep throat. Luckily everything happened during the summer so I didn't miss any school. The only time I missed school was for a ruptured appendix in 7th grade. When I was in college I got a sort of rabies vaccine as well as for anthrax (same one the veterinarians get) as I worked in a diagnostic lab. Having served in the military I got all sorts of shots (don't remember how many times I got the gamma globule shot in the butt) and still get the flu shot each year. BTW, still have my tonsils and adenoids.

Part of the problem is we have become too clean of a society. Most of us got our antibodies from eating dirt, drinking for the garden hose, and not washing our hands when we came in from play. Hand sanitizers and anti-bacterial soap were unheard of for most of us. But still, good basic hygiene kept us out of serious trouble while we built our antibodies.

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Hmm - at 52yrs old, never had measles or chicken pox, but have had mumps mono and strep (many times) - got pink eye from an office worker a few years back - other than flu shots and tetanus, have had no shots of this type in 30+ years.

Not around little kids, but am around parents of little kids - wonder if I ought to ask my Doc?

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