No. CDC considers people who received two doses of measles vaccine as children according to the USA vaccination schedule protected for life, and they do not ever need a booster dose. This brings the total number of states with measles cases to 19.
The complete list of states reporting measles cases, according to the CDC: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington. By 1990s, doctors determined that a second dose of the vaccine is needed to ensure maximum protection, which nearly made measles a thing of the past. The vaccine that protects against measles is the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. There have been outbreaks, defined as three or more cases, identified in five states: New York, Washington, New Jersey, California and MI.
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"It's important that parents ensure that their children receive their free routine MMR immunisations on time at 15 months and 4 years of age", medical officer of health Dr Jim Miller said.
On getting a measles vaccine before traveling out of the country: "It depends on factors such as your age and the vaccinations you've had before you can make a blanket recommendation". The virus can live for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed. After three to five days a red, blotchy rash appears on the face and head and then spreads down the body. It says the vaccine is 97% effective. A small percentage of those infected can develop pneumonia, swelling of the brain or other serious symptoms.
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