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.
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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