By Lindy Thackston
INDIANAPOLIS (February 4, 2015) - With a measles outbreak spreading across the country and now affecting 14 states, many Hoosiers are taking a simple blood test to see if they should be concerned.
(Watch the above video to see Lindy Thackston take the blood test live on FOX59 Morning News)
Chris Suever, co-owner of Any Lab Test Now, says the test measures the number of antibodies in your system to tell whether you're immune or not.
If your number is high enough, you're good.
If it's low, that could mean you need a vaccine if you've never had it, or a booster shot if it's been a long time.
The test costs $49 and takes 15 minutes. You don't need an appointment.
Suever says the common symptoms of measles are runny nose, cough and a rash on your face.
"The problem is that anybody that ends up with that rash on their face, anybody that they met four days before they got the rash were exposed to it too, and anybody they meet four days after that rash goes away is exposed to it," said Suever.
She says the outbreak is believed to have originated in Disneyland.
"People are so mobile now and we travel so much more and we meet so many more people that it’s hard," said Suever. "It’s not like you can just quarantine a little pocket of people. It’s everybody in a lot of places. That’s how the happiest place on Earth becomes ground zero."
The blood test is recommended for anyone mid-thirties and above because even if you were vaccinated as a child, there's a good chance your immunity has lessened.
"There was a time period between the late '50s and early '70s where the vaccine, even though everyone was getting vaccinated, the vaccine was not as effective as it is now. And up until now it wasn't a concern because there were not any measles outbreaks like you see now. So if there wasn't an outbreak or risk of exposure, it didn't matter if your immunity wasn't up to par. Well now there is a concern, so anybody that was vaccinated during that time period or really anybody over 30 or 35 might want to get it checked just to make sure."
Any Lab Test Now has locations in Carmel, Fishers, Avon and Greenwood. Click here for more information.