Measles Epidemic Shows No Sign of Slowing Down

May 14, 2019

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The current measles epidemic in the United States is showing no sign of slowing down.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports half of all states in the U.S. are now reporting active measles cases. 

Dr. Rebecca Shadowen, an infectious disease specialist with Med Center Health in Bowling Green, said even if you've been vaccinated, your immunity may have waned, and you'll need a booster shot.

"We need to be sure that we're immune if our communities can get immunized.  We can stop the outbreak," said Dr. Shadowen. "That's been the history of measles since we developed the vaccine.  Outbreaks have occurred, though not to this degree.  Re-immunizing our population makes a huge difference in that."

Dr. Shadowen encourages people to talk to their doctor about their measle vaccine status.