Should Adults in ND be Getting a Measles Booster?

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BISMARCK, ND- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says 22 states have reported cases of the measles. We know there's a concern for unvaccinated children. But, is there a threat to older adults in North Dakota?

Naomi Friesz, a registered nurse at Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health, says the measles vaccine and doses have changed over time which is causing confusion over whether or adults should get a booster shot.

She says there are only two reasons an adult would need a booster... that is if they're traveling or if they live in a state that has reported cases of measles.

"There is no reason for anyone in our area to really be concerned at this point in time," she says.

As of now, she says only one-year-olds need their first dose of the shot with a follow up booster once the child reaches kindergarten.