Do you need a measles booster shot?

Dr reviews measles booster shot. (WDTN Photo/Eric Pointer)
Dr reviews measles booster shot. (WDTN Photo/Eric Pointer)

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – A question many people are asking in this on-going measles vaccine debate, is whether they or their children need a booster shot.

Dr. Mark Ringle with Beavercreek Family Physicians says people who haven’t had the follow up shot can get it, but they don’t necessarily need it.

Dr. Ringle also said most people born before 1956 have already been exposed to the measles before and should be immune. The point of the booster shot is to increase a person’s immunity to the disease.

Children normally get the first shot before age 5, and the second booster before the start of middle school. But there are some adults who haven’t had the booster shot and wonder if its necessary.

“So we kind of take it in a little bit more individual basis,” said Dr. Ringle. “We don’t want everyone who’s 20 years old to go out and get a booster shot. There’s really no need for that at this point in time. But individuals can be tested, especially is they think they have been exposed.”

Dr. Ringle said that anyone who thinks they have been exposed to the measles should contact their doctor. He says there is a blood test they can run to check their immunity to the disease.

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