New York: Rockland County measles outbreak hits 40, Rules for schools
03 November, 2018, 06:00
To counter this, the city Health Department enlisted community figures to encourage vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), including Rabbi David Niederman, president of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn, and Rabbi Avi Greenstein, executive director of the Boro Park Jewish Community Council.
"There has also been transmission in schools with children who are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated", the NY department said in a release. People will be triaged (checked) before entering to make sure they are not sick. It can cause serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis (swelling of the brain). The DOH warned that anyone who was in the following locations may have been exposed.
As an airborne disease, measles spread through coughs or sneezes.
The DOH said that anyone potentially exposed could develop symptoms until November 20 and should contact a health provider immediately to arrange for an examination.
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If you suspect you have been exposed, officials recommend contacting your health care provider prior to going to a medical office or emergency room in order to protect other patients and staff from possible infection. If you have been exposed, you are at risk if you have not been vaccinated or have not had measles. "Two doses of measles vaccine are about 97 percent effective in preventing measles", said Dr. Christina Tan, state epidemiologist.
The Health Department says they are all children within the Orthodox Jewish community, and are all between the ages of 7 months and 4 years old. They will still have to get a vaccine at 12-15 months of age and again at 4-6 years of age, however getting an MMR vaccine now will help give them some protection against measles.
Also, children 1 through 3 years of age who have already received their first MMR vaccine should get a second MMR vaccine now, as long as 28 days have passed since the first MMR vaccine was given to them.