For people like me, who were born before 1957, we're presumed to be immune. Virtually everyone caught measles back then and now carries immunity for life.
If you were born later, you were probably immune, too. But for people who received immunizations between 1963 and 1967, it was possible immunity has been given, as one of the vaccines given during that time proved less than optimal. One way you can find out is to search out your immunization records; if they show that you've had two doses – one about age 1, the other a few few years later – you're fine.
You can also go to your blood test, which can determine whether you carry Antibodies to measles
However, if you don't want to go through all that you can simply go ahead and get to booster. They're available from both physicians and pharmacies. As long as you are not allergic to vaccines or have certain health conditions like tuberculosis, there is no other than a pinch and the potential for a little achiness afterward.
should be minimal or nonexistent.
If you're worried, go ahead and get a booster. It's safe, effective and will let you rest easy.
Prescott, a physician and medical researcher, is president of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. Cohen is a marathoner and OMRF's senior vice president and general counsel.