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I’m a diabetic should I be getting vaccinated for measles?

Everyone who is eligible (see cdc.gov) should receive the MMR at the appropriate times and intervals.

Does an air purifier reduce your risk?

No- what is effective at preventing measles is vaccination with the MMR vaccine.

Doctor, if we got immunization for measles back in the seventies, is that still a defense against the outbreak today?

2 doses of the vaccine is about 97% effective but you can get blood tests to make sure you are still immune to the measles.

Are measles the same as mumps? Here in Philly, we have a mumps outbreak that I believe started at Temple University, but students at other schools are contracting it too.

The measles is different from the mumps. The MMR vaccine protects against the measles, mumps and rubella.

What about all of the children that are getting the shots and coming up with autism as a result?

Research has consistently shown that there is no connection between getting vaccines and autism.

Is measles later in life (50 +) considered shingles?

No. these are two different conditions.

I am over 50 and don’t remember if I have ever had it. Should I get a vaccination?

According to the cdc, those born before 1957 have *presumptive* immunity because of how common measles was before the vaccine. But you may need tests to see if you are immune, a booster, etc. To determine this, you should discuss this with your doctor.

Dr. Jen Caudle is a Family Physician and Associate Professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic medicine. Please follow her at www.youtube.com/drjencaudle and visit www.drjencaudle.com. 

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