February 20, 2019

Rockland stiffens restrictions to curb measles in schools

03 November 2018, 05:59 | Silvia Roy

People can also get sick when they come in contact with mucus or saliva from an infected person.

"There has also been transmission in schools with children who are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated", the NY department said in a release.

From Jan. 1 to October 6 this year, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) recorded 71 suspected cases of measles.

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The children with measles were seen at two urgent care facilities, DHEC said.

"We urge everyone to check to make sure they and their family members are up-to-date on measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine and all other age-appropriate immunizations".

"Two doses of measles vaccine are about 97 percent effective in preventing measles", Dr. Christina Tan, the state epidemiologist, said in a statement.

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Patricia Schnabel Ruppert said Wednesday that all schools in the area will be required to keep unvaccinated students home until 21 days have passed since the last confirmed case.

Children 1 year and older should receive two doses of MMR vaccine, separated by at least 28 days. This second MMR vaccine will count for school entry. Measles can be risky, especially for babies and young children, as it can lead to pneumonia, brain damage, deafness, and death.

A document with information on what to do if you've been exposed to measles is available here. About one out of four people who get measles will be hospitalized. Symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. The rash lasts for five to six days, and then fades.

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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. The Rockland County Department of Health is closely coordinating our response with the New York State Department of Health to ensure the health and safety of all residents.

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