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Update: Emergency Declared in New York County over Measles Outbreak

Rockland County has announced a state of emergency today having to do with the ongoing measles epidemic Tuesday afternoon.

Beginning at midnight, anybody who’s under 18 and not vaccinated from the measles will be banned from public areas. This ban will continue until the announcement expires in 30 days or till individuals are vaccinated.

It’s uncertain how the principle will be enforced. There are now 151 verified reported cases of measles from the county, according to health officials. Measles is an extremely infectious disease.

High-risk groups include pregnant women, kids under 6 weeks old, that the immunocompromised or immunosuppressed, people who have yet to be vaccinated from the measles, and people who have been born before 1957 and therefore are immunosuppressed.

Measles is transmitted by airborne particles, droplets, and direct contact with the respiratory secretions of an infected individual. Health officials say the best way to protect your self and the community would be to stay up-to-date with measles vaccinations, which high neighbourhood vaccination rates help shield individuals who aren’t able to get vaccinated because they’re too young or have particular health conditions.

According to the county, the measles epidemic in Rockland isn’t restricted to a single community, but it’s impacting residents of Spring Valley, New Square, and Monsey. Rockland County was grappling with a measles epidemic in recent months previously asking students that are unvaccinated not to attend college.

Free MMR vaccines are available by phoning:–

The Rockland County Department of Health in 845-364-2497 or even 845-364-2520 to schedule an appointment to find a complimentary MMR vaccine in the Pomona health complicated.

The Rockland County Department of Health Spring Valley Family planning clinics can also be supplying MMR vaccines, by appointment to Family Planning patients.

Family Planning Clinic patients may telephone 845-364-2531 to schedule a consultation.

Additionally, MMR vaccines are available in local healthcare providers or by phoning a local federally qualified health center.