Doctor: Some adults may need measles booster

Measles is something many of today's doctors have never treated.

“In my career, I've never actually seen a rash of measles, because it is such a rare infection,” said Dr. Timothy Hendrix, MD.

Sadly, this highly-contagious disease is making a come-back.

“People say there's no measles out there, because everyone's vaccinated, so what do I need to worry about? Well, it's these pockets of unvaccinated people that aren't vaccinating their children that are at risk,” Dr. Hendrix said.

Hendrix said infected people are also bringing it here from abroad. That's why, besides children, officials are also urging some adults to get a booster shot of the vaccine -- especially people who got their shots between 1963 and 1967.

“So typically people who had their vaccinations back in the early 60s, they should talk to their doctor about perhaps getting a booster because they may not have adequate protection against measles,” Hendrix advised.

He said anyone after that who only got one shot of measles vaccine instead of two, should also get a second shot.

“Two shots of measles vaccine, usually at the 12 months old and 4 or 5 years old gives 97 percent effectiveness against measles infection.”