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How can you tell if you're protected against measles?

How can you tell if you’re protected against measles?

  • People who have had measles in the past are fully protected, and will not get it again. (Unfortunately there are many other illnesses that resemble measles, and many people who were told they've had measles - especially since the introduction of MMR vaccination in 1988 - actually had something else.
  • People born before 1970 are likely to have natural protection from having been exposed to measles as a child.
  • People who have had two doses of the MMR vaccine are very unlikely to get measles (less than 1% of people are vulnerable to measles after two doses of a licensed Measles-containing vaccine such as MMR).

For more information, read the Measles leaflet from the Health Protection Agency.