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Measles Virus Exposure

Date: January 16, 2018

Safety, Health and Security Committee

Recently there have been advisories issued in the media regarding the measles virus related to an infected passenger traveling through the airport. For the majority of the US population, this isn’t a concern as many either have had the virus as a young child, or after 1963, you were most likely vaccinated in order to attend school. If you have a medical concern or religious belief that prohibits you from receiving the vaccination or a zero titer result post inoculation, then you are within the minority group who may have concerns. Worldwide most countries have Measles vaccination programs in place however there are a few third world countries which do not.

Said another way, because of the requirements in place to ensure proper vaccinations within our country’s school systems, those who have been inoculated with a single shot of the MMR vaccine have less than a 7% chance of becoming infected and those who received two shots have less than a 3% chance.

Immunity Guidelines per the Center for Disease Control (CDC) consist of any one of the following:

  • Written documentation of adequate vaccination
  • One or more doses of a measles-containing vaccine administered on or after the first birthday for preschool-age children and adults not at high risk
  • Two doses of measles-containing vaccine for school-age children and adults at high risk, including college students, healthcare personnel, and international travelers
  • Laboratory evidence of immunity
  • Laboratory confirmation of measles
  • Birth in the United States before 1957

If you have any questions, please contact your Local Safety, Health and Security Committee.

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