FACT: The risk of death from measles is higher for adults and infants than for children. FACT: During the first five months of 2011, 45 percent of US measles cases were in adults age 20 years and older. FACT: Pregnant women who get measles have an increased risk for early labor, miscarriage, and low birth weight infants.
Measles is a dangerous, contagious disease with no treatment or cure. What it does have, though, is a low-cost vaccine that’s 97% effective in preventing the virus.
Sep 03, 2019 · Adults who haven’t had either of the measles vaccinations should consider receiving adult vaccinations, even if they believe they’ve already contracted the illness. One is the MMR vaccine, which covers measles, mumps, and rubella, and the other is a single measles vaccine. Frequent travelers and people who work or attend school in public.
The United States is experiencing its largest measles outbreak since 1994. As of May 3, 2019, 764 individuals in 23 states have been affected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Author: Nicole Harris.