TUCSON, Ariz. — A new report from the CDC this week, 695 cases of measles now confirmed across 22 states including Arizona.
In 2019 one case of measles has been confirmed in The Grand Canyon State and that was in Pima County. While the case has been closed, experts are warning adults who were born in the 60's, 70's and 80's that even if you were vaccinated you may still be at risk.
"Children and adults were only vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella with one dose," said Paula Mandel Deputy Directer Pima County Health Dept. She adds, "As we went on we learned that sometimes one dose is not enough to give us full immunity."
Mandel recommends that adults from Generation X check with their medical provider and schedule a second dose of vaccinations.
"If you want to see what your immunity is to measles you can have a blood test drawn. It checks to see how strong the immunity is in the body," she said.
Mandel believes the resurgence of measles is due to non-vaccinated people who are exposed to the virus while visiting another country and after returning then share it with others unknowingly. Along with the CDC Pima County Heath Department recommends everyone receive two doses.
"Children get their first dose at 12 months of age and get their second does right before they go into preschool or kindergarten after the age of 4," Mandel explained.
Symptoms of measles tend to appear seven to 14 days after a person is infected. including a high fever, a cough, runny nose, watery eyes, and a rash starting at your hair line. If you believe you have been exposed, the CDC recommends you contact your healthcare provider before being seen at their office.