Dr. Marielle Fricchione: “People ages 29 to 62 should consider getting a measles booster shot”

In this Friday, May 17, 2019 photo, Starr Roden, left, a registered nurse and immunization outreach coordinator with the Knox County Health Department, administers a vaccination to Jonathan Detweiler, 6, at the facility in Mount Vernon, Ohio. States are debating whether to make it more difficult for students to avoid vaccinations for religious or philosophical reasons amid the worst measles outbreak in decades, but children using such waivers are outnumbered in many states by those who give no excuse for lacking shots.Data reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a majority of unvaccinated or undervaccinated kindergartners in 10 of 27 states reporting were allowed to enroll in school without any exemption. ((AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

According to a recent CDC report, confirmed measles cases in the U.S. have reached a 25 year high. Dr. Marielle Fricchione joins Bill and Wendy to provide some insight into the situation. Dr. Fricchione is the Medical Director of the Immunization program with the Chicago Department of Public Health, and she advises that those born prior to 1957 don’t need a booster, but those born between 1957 and 1989 who are in high-risk demographics (healthcare professionals, working with children, and weakened immune systems), or traveling should seek a booster shot. Dr. Fricchione also touches on other vaccine-preventable ailments, and how to ensure that you and your children are safe from infection. Visit measlesvax.chicago.gov to find a vaccination site near you.

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