Question For Physicians: Get A Measles Vaccination?

If I have no access to my measles vaccination history, but I was born in 1967 and was presumably vaccinated in the usual manner, is there any reason to consider getting a measles vaccination now?


  1. iknklast says

    You can be tested for measles immunity; I did that to get admitted to a college because I don’t have my vaccination history either.

  2. Trebuchet says

    What number 1 said. And something I need to do, I guess. I never had the vaccine, I had the disease. In 1953. I’ve no idea if I’m still immune.

  3. says

    I am not a physician, grain of salt, etc.

    The MMR recommendation was changed to 2 doses, sometime in the early 90s, dependent on your country and such. I had a documented dose in 1987. When I went to a vaccine clinic in 2012 they recommended that I get the booster. Because the standard was now two doses they didn’t check me for antibodies or anything first, just went ahead with the recommendation. Your mileage may vary.

  4. Bruce says

    Yes. Your doctor can request a measles immunity test on any routine blood draw. If it says you’re good, then you don’t need a booster.

  5. olympiasepiriote says

    Just an FYI, although this is getting rarer, a shocking number of doctors (and veterinarians) pooh-pooh titers, even telling a patient that “no, that can’t be done” or (!) “no such test”. I am not sure what makes them do this, but I’d hate to believe it is ignorance of the test. You may need to press someone for a test for immunity.

  6. Tsu Dho Nimh says

    From a practical standpoint, with my microbiologist hat on, you probably only got one dose, if that.

    1 – Make an appointment, go to the doc, get and order for the lab test, go get blood drawn for an antibody titer, pay $$ (it’s not covered by insurance usually) , wait a week or two for answers, and maybe need to go to a pharmacy and get the shot.

    2 – Go straight to a local pharmacy or clinic and pay $40 or so for the shot which is possible covered by insurance. Get stuck once and it’s done.

    There is no danger to getting a booster if you have protective antibodies.

  7. weaver says

    Just go for the antibody titre test – best way to determine whether you need a booster vaccine or not.

    Simple and inexpensive.

  8. anat says

    For anyone in a similar age group as PhysioProffe, what other diseases would one want to assess immunity for, and consider getting boosters for?

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