If you were born between 1970 and 1989, you may need measles vaccine


Given the outbreak of measles in Europe, South America and the United States, the alert has been ignited in health institutions around the world. And Mexico is not the exception.

In what has elapsed since 2019, the General Directorate of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health has registered three preventive travel notices about the risk of contracting this disease in Europe, the American Union, Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Venezuela.

Therefore, it is recommended that people born in the period from 1970 to 1989 consider vaccinating again to be protected, since before 1989 only a dose was applied with an effectiveness of 93 percent, contrary to the present, in which children they receive two doses, with a 97 percent effectiveness.

The Undersecretariat of Prevention and Promotion of Health has indicated that Mexico has mechanisms for surveillance and early response to possible cases of measles imported and that it is not ruled out that in the current year between 10 and 20 cases may be detected that come from some other part of the planet. This year highlights a case of imported measles in Nuevo Leon, a 54-year-old woman who traveled from January 22 to February 4 in Texas, United States, and Paris, France.

Although it is not mandatory for people from 1970 to 1989 to be vaccinated again, those who travel to countries with recent outbreaks of measles or those who know they were not vaccinated in their infancy are urged to take into account the vaccination to be applied. Avoid risks.

Some of the symptoms that stand out in this disease are dry cough, conjunctivitis, sore throat, fever, cold, rash and white spots with bluish-white center and red background in the mouth and inside of the cheeks.

It is considered that the anti-vaccines movement has become so strong that it is the triggering factor for new outbreaks of diseases that were considered to be already controlled. Such is the case of outbreaks in New York, USA. UU

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