Older adults might need a new measles shot

If you have a child, then you probably know whether or not he or she has had a measles vaccine (usually listed on the record sheet from your pediatrician as MMR, standing for measles, mumps, rubella). Most parents will get the shot for their children as part of standard operating procedure.

But if you’re an older adult chances are that you don’t know whether you’ve had a measles vaccine. Until recently, it wouldn’t have mattered whether you could remember because health officials said in 2000 that measles had been eliminated in the United States.

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