January 11, 2017
This week, the Colorado Health Department issued a warning about possible measles exposure in metro Denver in late December. In my opinion, Denver parents shouldn’t worry too much.
The biggest risk is to infants who have not received the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine because they may not have the protective antibody. For everyone else, children and adults, the best defense against measles is the vaccination.
When given according to protocol, the vaccination is up to 95 percent effective in children aged 12 months old, up to 98 percent at 15 months old, and up to 99 percent (with 2 doses of vaccine) at one year old and a second dose at 4-6 years old.