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In the middle of the outbreak of measles in the Rockland area, the district health department increases the number of schools affected by vaccinations and the number of unvaccinated students who will have to be home.

In all schools in New Town Square and in any school with less than 80% of MMR vaccination in a measles-outbreak area (Spring Valley and Monsey), unaccompanied or under-vaccinated homeless students will be required within 21 days of the last confirmed measles case Rockland.

This is a more limited rate than the initial exclusion from school, which required schools with less than 70% MMR vaccination.

There are nine other schools affected by this change, with a total of 34 schools affected.

Since Friday night, 55 confirmed cases of measles with nine suspected cases were investigated by the District Department of Health.

Questions as to whether this order affects your child's school may be addressed to the Department of Health at the Department of Health at 888-364-4837.

Recommendations of the Health Department

Individuals are considered to be protected or immune to measles if they have been exempted from attending a physician or provider or have a laboratory test that confirms immunity. Those who were born before 1957 and those who received two doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), are also considered immune.

However, there is a very low chance that they can still get measles, but a much less serious case and much less likely to spread to others, according to the Rockland County Health Department.

Anyone who is not sure whether they are immune to measles should contact their healthcare provider. Routine every 4 years old and older need two doses of MMR unless there are contraindications (medical reasons why the vaccine should not be given).

Two doses of MMR can offer 97% protection against measles. Usually, the first dose of MMR vaccine should be given at 12-15 months and the second dose should be given from 4 to 6 years of age (school age), although patients may be vaccinated at a later age.

Given that there is a measles epidemic in Rockland County, the Rockland County Department of Health currently recommends that children from 6 months to 11 months receive a MMR vaccine.

They will still have to get a vaccine at the age of 12-15 months and again at the age of 4-6; however, obtaining the MMR vaccine will help them to provide some protection against measles. Any child aged 6 months or older or adults who have not received the first MMR vaccine should receive their first MMR vaccine.

Also, children aged 1 to 3 who have already received the first MMR vaccine should receive the second MMR vaccine if 28 days have elapsed since they were given the first MMR vaccine. This second MMR vaccine will count for school entrance.

In the New York state, measles vaccination is required from school-enrolled children, day care and pre-school children. Since August 1990, college students have been required to demonstrate immunity against measles.

There are currently no MMR clinics scheduled at the Rockland County Department of Health. To get a MMR vaccine, we recommend that residents visit their local health care providers.

What is measles?

  • Beasts are a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that spreads through direct contact with the nasal or cervical secretions of infected people.
  • Beavers can be dangerous, especially in children and children, as they can cause pneumonia, brain damage, deafness and death.
  • Others who have a high risk of complications if they get measles include pregnant women who are not immune, as well as those who are immunocompromised or immunosuppressed (unless your body can fight the disease).
  • Approximately one in four people who have been freed will be hospitalized.
  • Symptoms include fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis (red watery eyes), or nasal discharge.
  • People are considered infectious from 4 days four days after the onset of the rash.
  • Symptoms usually occur 10-12 days after exposure, but may occur for 7 days and up to 21 days after exposure.

Get information

Residents can get more information about the mogul on a visit www.health.ny.gov/publications/2170.pdf and calling the telephone information post for the Department of Health at (888) 364-4837.

Reporting of the measles

  • The Health Department requires all healthcare providers to report all cases of suspected measles immediately to employees of the Healthy Transmissible Diseases Program in Rockland County at 845-364-2997 during normal business hours or 845-364-8600 after hours / weekends.
  • Healthcare providers can call this number for more information.

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