Doctor weighs in on the measles vaccine

Updated: Apr. 24, 2019 at 4:17 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The number of measles cases continues to grow. There are now more than 600 cases in 22 states.

Already this week, UAB doctors voiced their concerns. “At some point, it will cross the state line. It doesn’t respect the imaginary lines. We are likely to have one or more cases in Alabama,” said Dr. William Curry, Associate Dean of Primary Care at UAB.

Jefferson County physicians are also concerned. “It has been creeping up on us in the last couple of years,” said Dr. Benjamin Barlow, Chief Medical Officer for American Family Care.

Dr. Barlow said some people should not worry about vaccinations. “If you are younger, had two, the recommendation is going to be for not. 99 percent covered if you had two,” Barlow said.

But if you just had one vaccination years ago, you may want to get a booster shot. “If you are in the earlier years, born in the ’70s, the recommendation is to go ahead and get a booster,” Barlow said.

If it’s all confusing to you, just talk to your doctor about it. Through a simple blood test, you can determine your immunity level.

“Working through your doctor, testing your immunity. Looking at records, doing the right thing, taking a little extra time to see if you need it or not is the way to go,” Barlow said. "While rare, there are side effects to vaccinations. So make an informed decision and not an emotional decision on what’s best for you and your family.

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