Do adults need a booster vaccination for measles?
Measles is on the upswing in the United States, due to more parents deciding not to vaccinate or to delay toddler’s vaccinations with the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella). With world travel common today, visitors to the U.S. can be carriers of the disease, and unvaccinated infants and toddlers, have a high risk of contracting the disease, if exposed. Unlike whooping cough, measles vaccination offers lifelong protection. Interestingly enough, even unvaccinated adults (born before 1957) have natural measles immunity because of exposure in pre-vaccination days.
On the other hand, it is a new and recent recommendation that any adult, who will come in contact with a newborn, receive a booster for whooping cough (pertussis). This particular vaccination does not offer lifelong immunity.