Some Hoosiers May Need Another MMR Shot

May 3, 2019

This week the Indiana State Department of Health made it easier for anyone to get the measles, mumps and rubella, or MMR, vaccine, without a prescription.

There are several ways adult Hoosiers can make sure they are protected against the highly contagious disease.

ISDH Vaccine-Preventable Disease Epidemiologist Payton Revolt says check your health-records and talk to your provider.

"If you are born in or after 1957 and you do not have evidence of immunity you should get at least one dose," says Revolt. 

Many people who received measles vaccination between 1963 and 1989 only had one dose.  A small number of people in the mid to late 60’s may have received a killed measles vaccine and should get the current MMR vaccine.

If you received two doses, you don’t need a booster shot. Revolt says people can also get tested.

"You can have a laboratory report that shows if you have protective measles antibody," says Revolt. 

One person from northern Indiana has gotten the measles.