I am vaccinated for MMR with 2 childhood doses. It makes me nervous that the first MMR dose for babies isnt until 12 months, especially with measles. I was thinking that the best protection i can offer my baby is to make surr i am protected from measles. I asked my GP if adults need a MMR booster, & she shrugged it off.
So i am wondering - has anyone had a MMR booster as an adult? Is it important? If so, why isnt it advertised as childhood vaccination is? I find it strange that we are so pedantic as a society about childhood immunisations, but adult boosters are ignored & not encouraged. I pushed to have my WC booster, but why is it not seen as important for adults too? Surely that means that the risk is low?
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11-02-2015 18:14 #1
Do adults need a MMR booster?
11-02-2015 18:22 #2
Could you go get your serology done and see if you are still immune?
I only ever had the shots as a child and my serology showed I was still immune as an adult. I guess you'd only need a booster if for some reason you were no longer immune?
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11-02-2015 18:22 #3Senior Member
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I started a nursing course last year and needed to have my immunisation status confirmed..
I was fully vaccd as a baby etc..
My blood tests showed that i was not immune to Measles,Hep B, Diptheria, whooping cough and i was horrified... I had no idea.. I just assumed I was covered.
so I have now been fully re- immunised and am covered but am not covered for Hep B despite having 6 full courses of the vaccine..apparently it is quite common not to be immune to Hep B..
My point is, If you are concerned for your coverage, , id go have a serology done and see what your immunity status
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11-02-2015 18:46 #4
Did you have a dose as a teenager? The last dose I had was when I was 15 (15 years ago) and I'm immune (results via blood test). I think the last one is the teenager dose and if you had the baby/childhood doses too in theory I think you should be immune.
Sorry this is OT but does anyone know if you can give your baby the MMRV prior to 12 months?
11-02-2015 19:01 #5Senior Member
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I don't think there is a routine booster, but I have had my immunity checked and need to be re vaccinated.
For the question about giving the vaccine early, I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that it can be given early, but as an extra, so you still need to give the 12 month one and the other (4yrs?).
11-02-2015 19:04 #6
Yes you probably need a booster. I'm not sure how often but they gave me one a few years back. I was fully vax'd as a kid
11-02-2015 19:10 #7
11-02-2015 19:12 #8Senior Member
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You're MMR immunity is routinely checked with each pregnancy, if you're low immune you will be given a booster post birth, as it can't be given while pregnant. Some people will never need a booster while some will need a booster with each baby. Everyone holds immunity differently.
11-02-2015 19:53 #9
I had my levels checked when I was pregnant and I was covered but on the lower side so my GP said to get a booster which I had when DS had his 4 year old one but my SIL who is ten years younger than me had no immunity and also had to get a booster so as pp said everyone is different
It's annoying as I have no idea why they don't push adult boosters - yes most pregnant women will find out but the men don't! Over 60% of the measles cases last year were over the age of 15 so it's obviously a problem - I just don't know why they are not pushing it?
11-02-2015 20:02 #10
It definitely needs to be checked every few years.
I don't hold immunity very well at all and have to have most vacs yearly.
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