Blood test shows if you're immune to measles

A Los Angeles County Department of Public Health poster lists the symptoms of measles

Small measles outbreaks have been reported in multiple regions over the last few months, but on Monday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported those collective cases have set a record for a new national high. This week, USA health officials said the national tally already has eclipsed the total for any full year since 1994, when 963 cases were reported.

Five Brooklyn measles cases - including the original infection discovered in October - were traced back to trips from Israel, where another measles outbreak infected more than 1,000 people past year.

Mary Ramsay, Public Health England's head of immunisations, said: "The UK achieved WHO measles elimination status in 2017, so the overall risk of measles to the UK population is low". "These groups should still receive two doses of the vaccine if there is no evidence of immunity or previously receiving the vaccine".

If you've received two doses of MMR or have had lab results showing immunity or previous measles infection, the CDC says you're all set.

It said the best protection against measles was to be vaccinated.

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"If you think you or someone in your family may have measles, stay at home and phone your doctor to alert them of your symptoms and allow them to make arrangements to assess you safely and without infecting other people, or call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice", Shoemack said.

Older adults may be even less protected. The option is ideal for anyone who's lost their vaccination records, or people born between 1957 and 1971. "This is the greatest number of cases reported in the US since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000", the organization reported.

- Public health officials blame the measles resurgence on the spread of misinformation about vaccines.

"After just one dose of MMR vaccine about 95 per cent of people will be protected from measles, and 99 per cent of people who have had both MMR doses will be protected from measles". Talk to your doctor about any personal risks and discuss a vaccine schedule that may be right for you.

FOX 5 sat down with Dr. Walter Orenstein, associate director of the Emory Vaccine Center, who provided more insight on the virus and vaccinations.

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Of the 704 United States patients, 503 (71%) weren't vaccinated, 76 (11%) had at least one dose of measles-containing vaccine, and the vaccination status of 125 (18%) is unknown. Most of those sickened in this year's outbreaks have been unvaccinated, and most are in children younger than 18, he said.

Who needs a measles booster shot?

Those who don't know whether or when they were vaccinated should get vaccinated before worldwide travel. "The MMR vaccine is safe, and there is no harm in getting another dose if you may already be immune to measles, mumps, or rubella". For anyone who's unsure, the CDC says you can simply roll up your sleeve for another dose or two. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

"There's no downside to getting a dose of measles vaccine", he told NPR.

When was the measles vaccine invented?

Rapid blood tests are available that can detect whether a person is immune based on the level of measles antibodies, but the tests are not 100 percent reliable.

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