The Latest News About the Measles Outbreak
We have received many questions regarding the MMR vaccine and how to protect children who are too young to receive the vaccine. In light of the current measles outbreak, PANW has adjusted its MMR vaccine schedule. The first dose of MMR is now being given at the 12 month well child visit with the second dose at the 24 month well child visit.
Q – My child received their first MMR vaccine at 12 months of age. Can my child receive their second MMR before their 24 month well child visit?
A – Yes. A second MMR dose can be given 28 days after the first dose. Please note this can be done but is also not necessary. Receiving the second MMR dose at the 24 month well child visit is appropriate.
Q – My child is between the ages of 6 months – 12 months, can my child receive an MMR vaccine?
A – Yes. An MMR dose can be given between ages 6 months to 12 months, however, it will not be considered a valid vaccine (as ongoing immunity will decline) and 2 further doses of MMR will need to be given after age 12 months. Please note – Getting the MMR vaccine early is only considered for patients who have been in known exposure areas or plan to travel by air prior to their child turning 12 months. Check the link below for the most up to date exposure areas for this current measles outbreak.
Q – What if my child has only received 1 dose of MMR vaccine? Are they protected?
A – More than likely yes. Children who have had 2 doses of MMR are considered immune, however dose #1 of the MMR vaccine will cause immunity in 93-95% of the population. Dose #2 is used to catch those 5-7% of the population who do not reach full immunity with dose #1. If it has been at least 28 days since the first dose of MMR was given a patient can always receive dose #2.
Q – Should I keep my child at home rather than going places to reduce the risk of exposure?
A - If your child is vaccinated, they should have no restrictions on visiting public places but if they are not, are too young to be vaccinated, or are immunocompromised, you may want to consider avoiding public places for now.
If your child has not been vaccinated yet, please call our office for an appointment. Receiving even just the first dose of the vaccine significantly increases your child’s immunity to measles. Our triage nurses are also available over the phone for questions about measles, the vaccine, or if you suspect your child has measles. Please do not come to the clinic if you think your child has measles. Rather, call to get advice and to arrange for an office visit that will not expose others.