Health & Wellness

State Health Officials Announce First 2015 Case Of Measles

Recommend checking immunization status and becoming aware of symptoms

BOSTON — The Hinton State Laboratory confirmed today the first case of measles in the Commonwealth this year, in a visiting student from Western Europe.

State officials highlighted the state’s high immunization rate against measles as a key safeguard.

“Over 95% of students in Massachusetts have already been vaccinated against measles, making a widespread outbreak unlikely,” said Dr. Monica Bharel, Commissioner of Public Health. “Fortunately, the measles vaccine (called MMR) is safe and highly effective. As most measles cases in the U.S. have been among unvaccinated people and people who don’t know their vaccination status, this provides an opportunity to remind people to confirm their immunization status with their healthcare provider, and for parents to have their children vaccinated.”

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What You Should Know for the 2014-2015 Seasonal Influenza

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there more than one type of flu shot available?

There are several flu vaccine options for the 2014-2015 flu season.

Traditional flu vaccines made to protect against three different flu viruses (called “trivalent” vaccines) are available. In addition, flu vaccines made to protect against four different flu viruses (called “quadrivalent” vaccines) also are available.

Trivalent flu vaccine protects against two influenza A viruses (an H1N1 and an H3N2) and an influenza B virus. The following trivalent flu vaccines are available:

The stronger dose is the quadrivalent flu vaccine protects against two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. 

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It’s not possible to predict what this flu season will be like. Flu seasons are unpredictable in a number of ways. While flu spreads every year, the timing, severity, and length of the season varies from one year to another.

Visit CDC’s website to find out what to do if you get sick with the flu and how to care for someone at home who is sick with the flu.

Important note: This website is not intended to be a substitute for proper medical care, only a supplement to it. If you believe you have a medical problem, please contact your family doctor or physician.