Feb 11, 2015 6:16 PM by News Staff
An infant who was tested for the measles at Enloe Medical Center last weekend has tested negative for the virus, health officials announced Wednesday.
"We are relieved that this baby does not have measles. Infants under one year of age are not able to obtain the preventive vaccine for measles, putting them at high risk for contracting the disease during an outbreak," said Grinnell Norton, Public Health Deputy Director. This echoes the importance of vaccinations. If enough of our population is vaccinated, we experience a herd immunity that protects our vulnerable populations, such as infants, that are unable to be vaccinated and prevents outbreaks in our community.
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine is 99% effective in preventing infection with measles. The MMR vaccine has been proven safe and effective and is recommended for children over one year. Two doses are recommended in childhood, the first at age 12 to15 months of age, and the second at 4 to 6 years of age. If you are unsure about your vaccination status, check with your healthcare provider.