Published 17:41 ET, November 9, 2018
An animated explanation of the measles.
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In the midst of the Rockland measles outbreak, the County Health Department is increasing the number of schools affected by the vaccination order and the number of unvaccinated students who need to stay home.
All Schools in the Village of New Square and any school with a vaccination rate of less than 80% MMR in the area affected by the measles outbreak (Spring Valley and Monsey) have no or insufficiently vaccinated students at home for 21 days since the last confirmed measles case in Rockland passed.
This is a lower rate than the initial school exclusion, which required schools with a vaccination rate of less than 70 percent MMR.
Nine other schools are affected by this change, affecting a total of 34 schools.
On Friday night, there were 55 confirmed cases of measles in which nine suspected cases were investigated by the County Department of Health.
If you have any questions regarding your child's school, please contact the US Department of Public Health's Masles Information Line at 888-364-4837.
Recommendations of the health department
Individuals are considered protected or immune to measles if they have confirmed measles from a doctor or vendor, or have had a laboratory immunity confirmation test. Those born before 1957 and those who received two measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines are considered immune.
However, there is a very small chance that they will still get measles in this outbreak, but a much less serious case and a much lower likelihood of spreading to others, according to the Rockland County Department of Health.
Anyone who is not sure if they are immune to measles should contact their doctor. Everybody 4 years or older routinely needs two doses of MMR vaccine unless there are contraindications (medical reasons not to receive the vaccine).
Two doses of the MMR vaccine can protect 97 percent from measles. Typically, 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 4 to 6 years (age of entry), although individuals may also be vaccinated later.
However, due to the Rockland County measles outbreak, the Rockland County Department of Health is currently recommending that children from 6 months to 11 months of age now receive an MMR vaccine.
They will have to receive a vaccine at the age of 12-15 months and again at the age of 4-6; If you receive an MMR vaccine now, you can protect yourself against measles. Therefore, every child over the age of 6 months or an adult who has not received their first MMR vaccine should now receive their first MMR vaccine.
In addition, children aged 1 to 3 who have already received their first MMR vaccine should now receive a second MMR vaccine if 28 days have passed since the first MMR vaccination. This second MMR vaccine counts for school entry.
New York state needs measles vaccines for children enrolled in schools, daycare and pre-school. Since August 1990, college students must also demonstrate immunity to measles.
Currently, no MMR clinics are planned by the Department of Health in Rockland County. To receive a dose of the MMR vaccine, residents will be advised to visit their local doctor.
What is texture?
- Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that is spread through direct contact with secretions from the nose or throat of infected people.
- Measles can be particularly dangerous for babies and toddlers because they can lead to pneumonia, brain damage, deafness and death.
- Others who are at increased risk for complications when they receive the measles are pregnant women who are not immune, as well as those who are weakened or immunosuppressed (unless the body is battling against disease).
- About one in four people who get measles are hospitalized.
- Symptoms include fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis (red, watery eyes) or runny nose.
- People are classified as infectious 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.
Residents can inform themselves about measles www.health.ny.gov/publications/2170.pdf and call the US Department of Health's toll-free Masles Information Line at (888) 364-4837.
- The Department of Health is asking all healthcare providers to immediately report any suspected cases of measles to the Rockland County Department of Health Communicable Disease Program staff by calling 845-364-2997 during normal business hours or 845-364-8600 outside normal hours.
- Healthcare providers can call this number for more information.
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