Public health employee gets shot to avoid measles for third time

Public health employee gets shot to avoid measles for third time

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - That is a Southwest Georgia Public Health employee who got her measles shot to prevent contracting the disease again.

She's encouraging others to do the same.

Georgia confirmed its first measles case since 2012 today after an infected infant arrived in Atlanta from outside the U.S. Health officials said it's important that everyone get vaccinated.

Carolyn Maschke is getting ready to get her booster shot for the Measles to protect herself from contracting the contagious disease and spreading it.

" I had my titer drawn which is a blood test to tell whether you had the measles or your immune to measles and I'm still not immune to measles so I don't want to get it again," said Carolyn Maschke.

It's a disease she contracted as a young girl causing her to miss school for several weeks.

" I just was itching all over and you just get tiny little bumps in your mouth and super high fever," said Carolyn Maschke

Health officials say the Measles Mumps and Ruebella vaccine should first be given to children at 12 months old.

" For travel related vaccines an infant can be vaccinated as young as six months, but typically infants that aren't traveling outside the United States they're vaccinated around 12 months of age and again around 4 to six years old when they go to Kindergarten," said Remy Hutchins, County Nurse Manager.

Health Officials say the measles is mostly targeting infants and adults who received the vaccine when it was first introduced after 1957.

" That's why we want to make sure that those individuals who were vaccinated around that time actually have immunity that's why they may need a titer drawn and if they don't have immunity then we can re-vaccinate them," said Remy Hutchins.

Hutchins said immunity can vary for each person.

"Immunity is something that wanes over time and in some instances some people's immunity may wane faster than others so that's why it's a good idea if you're in doubt to check your titer," said Remy Hutchins.

"I really don't want to get measles again and I don't want to give it to anybody," said Carolyn Maschke.

Health Officials say less than one percent of people in Dougherty County are not vaccinated due to religious or medical reasons. You can get the vaccine from the County Health Department or from your healthcare provider.

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