The Rockland County authorities will now hold a measles-mumps-rubella vaccine clinic in response to the measles outbreak in Rockland County, with 15 confirmed cases to date. The County Department of Health is investigating six more measles cases.
The clinic will be in the Darden Center on Friday, October 26th, from 9:30 to 1
"We encourage everyone to be up-to-date with the MMR vaccine to protect them in the event of a future measles exposure in Rockland." Measles are highly contagious, so anyone who is not protected against measles, is at risk of contracting the disease and can transmit measles to people who can not get vaccinated because they are too young or have certain health conditions, "said Drs. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert
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Individuals are considered protected or immune to measles if they were born before 1957, two doses of measles, mumps, rubella ( MMR) vaccine, doctors or vendors have confirmed measles, or have a laboratory test to confirm immunity. If you are not sure if you are immune to measles, contact your doctor. Individuals should receive two doses of MMR vaccine to be fully protected. As a rule, the first dose of the MMR vaccine should be given at the age of 12 to 15 months, and the second dose should be given at the age of four to six years (school age), although people may also be vaccinated later in life. In New York State, measles immunization is required for children enrolled in schools, daycare and kindergarten. Since August 1990, students must also demonstrate immunity to measles
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Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that spreads from infected individuals through direct contact with nose or throat infections. Measles can be particularly dangerous for babies and toddlers because they can lead to pneumonia, brain damage, deafness and death. Other high-risk complications of getting the measles include pregnant women who are not immune, as well as those who are immunocompromised or immunosuppressed (if your body can not fight disease). About one in four people who receive measles are hospitalized.
Symptoms include fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis (red tear eyes) or runny nose. People are considered contagious from four days to four days after the rash occurs. Symptoms usually occur 10-12 days after exposure, but may already occur 7 days and 21 days after exposure.
To prevent the spread of disease, the department advises individuals who may have been exposed and have symptoms consistent with measles to seek care from their healthcare provider, a local clinic, or a local emergency room ,