Measles outbreak in NYC — response from Department of Health

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The New York State Department of Health is taking steps to address an outbreak of measles in New York City. They’ve made some recommendations you should be aware of: 

“48 cases of measles have occurred in the Orthodox Jewish community residing in Borough Park and Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Because measles cases continue to occur, particularly among young infants, healthcare providers should now administer the first dose of measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR) to all Orthodox Jewish children aged 6 months and older living in Borough Park, Williamsburg, and Crown Heights and to non-orthodox children in those communities in practices that predominantly serve Orthodox Jewish children.” — NY Department of Health, June 4, 2013

All of the measles cases were in people who hadn’t gotten the vaccine — ages 10 months to 24 years. Measles is a very contagious infection. It causes a rash all over the body and high fever. It can be more severe in young infants and in pregnant women. 
Get the vaccine 
According to the Department of Health’s letter to parents, April 24, 2013, the best way to protect your family is by making sure that everyone in your household receives the measles vaccine, usually given as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR). 
If you have vaccine coverage through Empire, you will be covered for an MMR vaccine at the age of six months.  

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