is an illustrated children’s book written by a kid for kids that explains how vaccines work, how they protect our health, and protect the health of others in our community. The “little brother”, Ethan, featured in the documentary, Invisible Threat, tells his real life story about discovering the importance of herd immunity when his new puppy, who was too young to be vaccinated, gets sick. Ethan and his puppy become community immunity superheroes after getting their vaccines and give tips to make that doctor’s visit and becoming superhero a little easier for other kids. Sometimes it takes a kid to explain something to another kid. Book available July 2015 in a English or Spanish Version
I’m writing this from quarantine, the irony of which isn’t lost on me. Emotionally, I’m a bit raw. Mentally, a bit taxed. Physically, I’m fine. All seven of my unvaccinated children have whooping cough, and the kicker is that they may have given it to my five-month-old niece, too young to be fully vaccinated.
We’d had a games night at our house in March, and my brother-in-law had a full-blown cold, so when the kids started with a dry cough a few days later I didn’t think much of it. But a week after the symptoms started the kids weren’t improving—in fact they were getting worse.
You do not need the MMR vaccine if you
•had blood tests that show you are immune to measles, mumps, and rubella
•are someone born before 1957
•already had two doses of MMR or one dose of MMR plus a second dose of measles vaccine
•already had one dose of MMR and are not at high risk of measles exposure
You should get the measles vaccine if you are not among the categories listed above, and
•are a college student, trade school student, or other student beyond high school
•work in a hospital or other medical facility
•travel internationally, or are a passenger on a cruise ship
•are a woman of childbearing age
Do people who received MMR in the 1960s need to have their dose repeated?
Not necessarily. People who have documentation of receiving LIVE measles vaccine in the 1960s do not need to be revaccinated. People who were vaccinated prior to 1968 with either inactivated (killed) measles vaccine or measles vaccine of unknown type should be revaccinated with at least one dose of live attenuated measles vaccine. This recommendation is intended to protect those who may have received killed measles vaccine, which was available in 1963-1967 and was not effective.
Why are people born before 1957 exempt from receiving MMR vaccine?
People born before 1957 lived through several years of epidemic measles before the first measles vaccine was licensed. As a result, these people are very likely to have had the measles disease. Surveys suggest that 95% to 98% of those born before 1957 are immune to measles. Note: The “1957 rule” applies only to measles and mumps—it does NOT apply to rubella.
We miss Leroy Dux as our Immunization Field Rep and appreciate CaSandra Mclain for carrying the torch. And now, let us welcome Karen Fowler, Operations and Management Consultant I with the Immunization Program, as our new Immunization Field Representative for Hardee, Highlands, Okeechobee, Osceloa, and Polk County. Karen can be reached at the Polk CHD in Bartow, 863-519-7900 ext. 11226. Email Karen.Fowler@flhealth.gov.