Prevention (USA) - - SCIENCE -

Measles and rubella had been erad­i­cated in the U.S. un­til some peo­ple stopped hav­ing their chil­dren get the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vac­cine, mainly be­cause they be­lieve it causes autism. (Nu­mer­ous stud­ies have proven there’s no link.) Measles is highly con­ta­gious, and the num­ber of out­breaks in the U.S. this year is al­ready the high­est since it was con­sid­ered elim­i­nated.

DO YOU NEED A SHOT? You may no longer have im­mu­nity if you were vac­ci­nated between 1963 and 1989, though you’ll gen­er­ally need a booster only if you live in an area where there’s an out­break or are trav­el­ing to such an area or over­seas.

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