ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY – With 11 confirmed cases of measles in Rockland, County Health Commissioner Patricia Schnabel Ruppert issued a letter to students that were attended by students with confirmed cases of measles. The letter requires those students in those schools who are not vaccinated must stay home as of Oct. 18.
The law authorizes the Commissioner of the State Department of Health or its designate to require unvaccinated students to stay home during a disease outbreak, which includes measles. There are currently 11 confirmed cases of measles and three more are being investigated.
Dr. Ruppert was designated Wednesday evening by dr. Howard Zucker, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health, as having authority to order schools in Rockland County to take appropriate steps to protect the students at local schools. This order was 1
This designation remains in place through Dec. 31.
Officials would not release the names and locations of the schools Involved.
Rockland residents have been exposed to measles three times in the past month. Non-immune residents, officials said, "The first case of international travelers with measles in late September, and more cases due to separate international travelers, three from Rockland and one from abroad in early October.
People who are suffering from a virus that is spread by their nasal or throat infection
Measles can be dangerous, especially for babies and young children, as it is can lead to pneumonia, brain damage, deafness, and death.
Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine.
Unless otherwise indicated, two doses of MMR vaccine
- Students who have not received their first dose of MMR vaccine as of October 18, 2018: Any student who has not received their first MMR vaccine This article will be published on or before November 3, 2018, even though they are receiving their first dose of MMR vaccine during this period of time.
- K-12 students with 1 dose of MMR vaccine as of October 18, 2018: Students in kindergarten through twelfth grade, with 1 dose of MMR vaccine must stay home until November 3, 2018, unless they receive their second dose of MMR vaccine. These students may return at any time after receiving this second dose.
- Pre-kindergarten students with 1 MMR as of October 18, 2018: Students in prekindergarten with 1 dose of MMR are up-to-date for age and do not have to stay home from school. However, it is recommended that they receive a second dose of MMR vaccine.
Previously unvaccinated children.  Previously unvaccinated children November 30, 2018, November 3, 2018. If the outbreak persists past November 3, 2018, these students must get a second dose 28
As part of 10 NYCRR § 66-1.10, all schools maintain a current list of susceptible students for use during disease outbreaks.
"Those measures and precautions are necessary to protect unvaccinated students from measles Under-vaccinated their medical providers as soon as possible so they can receive their first or second dose of MMR vaccine, "said Commissioner Ruppert.
Individuals who are immune to measles are at risk for developing measles if exposed to it. The single best way to prevent measles is to be vaccinated. If you are not immune to measles, MMR vaccine or a medicine called immune globulin may help reduce your risk of developing measles. MMR vaccine clinics on:
You can also attend the Health Department's free MMR vaccine clinics on:
- Thursday, October 18 at 4:30 pm at the Community Outreach Center, located at 21 Remsen Avenue, Suite 201, Monsey, NY
- Friday, October 19th from 9:30 am to 11:30 am located at Pascack Community Center , 87 New Clarkstown Road, Nanuet NY
Call 845-364-2997 for more information about the MMR vaccine clinics. For information about measles, call the New York State Department of Health toll free Measles Information Line at (888) 364-4837.
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