In an Update on the measles outbreak in Rockland, New York, health officials report on 68 confirmed cases from Tuesday. At present, these occurrences occur in the east of Ramapo (New Square, Spring Valley, Monsey), however, due to the small area of Rockland in the area, measles exposure can occur in any area.
To date, Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH), Refuah Health Center and private pediatricians and family doctors have administered more than 6,100 MMR vaccine doses.
For over 50 years, there is a safe and effective measles vaccine that can prevent suffering and death.
To ensure maximum protection, two MMR vaccine doses are recommended. One MMR vaccine dose can provide 93% protection against measles. Two MMR vaccine doses can provide 97% protection against measles. Generally, the first dose of MMR vaccine is administered at the age of 12 to 15 months, while the second dose is from four to six years (school age), although individuals may also be vaccinated at a later date.
Given the outbreak of measles in the Rockland area, Roccel County Health Department recommends:
- Children from 6 months to 11 months of age are now receiving the MMR vaccine. The acquisition of MMR vaccine will now help them to protect against measles. They will still need a vaccine at 12 to 15 months of age and again at 4-6 years of age.
- Children from 1 to 3 years of age who have already received their first MMR vaccine should now be given a second MMR vaccine for as long as 28 days have elapsed since the first MMR vaccine has been given. This second MMR vaccine will be included in the school record.
- Any adult who has not yet received their first MMR vaccine will now receive their first MMR vaccine.