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No need for people vaccinated against measles before 1990 to fear contracting the disease - Health Ministry

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jacqueline Bissasor-McKenzie
 
The Ministry of Health has said there is no need for Jamaicans vaccinated against measles before 1990 to fear being at risk of contracting the highly contagious disease.
 
Reports in the US suggest that persons born before 1989 may need another booster shot to ensure immunity to the disease.
 
However, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jacqueline Bissasor-McKenzie said she does not think this is necessary for Jamaicans.
 
She explained that most older Jamaicans would have acquired immunity to the disease after experiencing outbreaks up to 1991.
 
In an interview with RJR News Wednesday afternoon, Dr. Bissasor-McKenzie said since then, the Health Ministry has had at least two major pushes to immunise Jamaicans against measles, one following the outbreak in 1991 and another in 2002. 
 
"In 2002, we introduced the measles, mumbs and rubella vaccine and between 2000 and 2002 for children, and between 1998 and 2002 for adults, we would have had extensive campaigns again to vaccinate persons. So even if persons had received one measles vaccine prior to that, then they would have gotten a second dose in the measles, mumbs and rubella vaccine," she insisted.  
 
Dr. Bissasor-McKenzie said where persons are in doubt about whether they are fully immunised against the disease, they should visit their health centres. 
 


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