Adults born in 1970 or later who have not had
Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) probably need two doses of the vaccine.
Even if you got a booster shot in high school, you may no longer be immune.
You should be able to access your records through HealthLinkBC (mine are too old and too far away), but if you can’t, you can request a titer test (free in BC) from your doctor (or at a clinic) to check the levels of antibodies in your system.
I did this: turns out I have ZERO immunity. What with all the anti-vaxers running around, that could be a little scary; just look at the prognoses (cdc.gov):
- Measles: fever, rash, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes. Complications: ear infection, diarrhea, pneumonia, brain damage, and death.
- Mumps: fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and swollen salivary glands. Complications: swelling of the testicles or ovaries, deafness, inflammation of the brain and/or tissue covering the brain and spinal cord (encephalitis/meningitis) and, rarely, death.
- Rubella: fever, sore throat, rash, headache, and red, itchy eyes. If a woman gets rubella while she is pregnant, she could have a miscarriage or her baby could be born with serious birth defects.
So go get your shots and increase herd immunity!
- HealthLinkBC (or call 8-1-1)
- Recommended vaccines for adults (PDF)
Health unit finder (where you can get vaccinated for free)
- MMR vaccination is publicly-funded and FREE at pharmacies with
a valid BC health number. Just make sure you call ahead as MMR is in high demand