CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control shows adults born within a 26-year span may be more prone to contract the measles even if they were vaccinated.
Since January, over 700 measles cases have been confirmed nationwide. That’s the highest count since 1999.
The CDC says those born between 1963 and 1989 were likely only given one dose of the vaccine instead of the currently-mandated two doses.
“There’s no risk to getting another one. If you’re unable to get any records from your doctor, you should probably get a booster,” Kenneth Perry, the Trident Medical Assistant Medical Director says.
Perry says medical professionals thought the disease had been eradicated since the majority of the population had been vaccinated. With the uptick in people not getting their kids vaccinated, that eradication has began to undo itself.
In previous years, those born in that specific time frame didn’t need to be worried since they were a small handful of the population. Perry says that is no longer the case.
“It was okay for a long time because we were vaccinating so many people in the population that we eradicated the virus itself,” Perry says.
Medical officials say anyone born between 1963 and 1989 should check their medical records.
“If you can document that you’ve had two rounds of a vaccine or the doctor can do a titer blood test you should be okay,” Perry says.
A titer test searches for the presence of antibodies in the blood.
Perry says if you feel unsure, it doesn’t hurt to get vaccinated again because it’s better to be safe than sorry.