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Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2019
Contact: John Lyon, Director of Strategic Communications (845) 638-5645
                 Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, D.O., M.P.H., CPE, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512

HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERS FREE MEASLES VACCINE CLINICS IN MONSEY ON JUNE 21 AND NANUET ON JUNE 23


NEW CITY, NY - -
With the continued measles outbreak in Rockland, County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert reminds residents of the importance of getting vaccinated. As of June 19, there are 275 confirmed reported cases of measles in the county since the outbreak began in October 2018.

Residents six months and older are urged to get a free measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine on:

  • Friday, June 21, from 10 am - 12 pm at Congregation Ohaiv Yisroel of Blueberry Hill, located at 30 Blueberry Hill Road, Monsey, NY 10952
  • Sunday, June 23, from 10 am - 12 pm at the Pascack Community Center, located at 87 New Clarkstown Road, Nanuet, NY 10954

Free MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccines are also available at the Rockland County Department of Health, Building A, second floor clinic area, located at 50 Sanatorium Road in Pomona at the following dates and times. No appointments are needed.

  • Monday, June 24 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday, June 25 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, June 26 from 9:00 am -11:30 am
  • Thursdays, June 20, and June 27 from 9:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Fridays, June 21 and June 28 from 9:00 am -11:30 am

"Being up-to-date with your measles vaccination is the best way to help protect yourself, your family, and the community, especially those who cannot get vaccinated because they are too young or have specific health conditions. As camp season rapidly approaches and with the recent legislation ending non-medical exemptions to vaccination, we are offering multiple opportunities for residents to get free MMR vaccinations," said Dr. Ruppert. Since the outbreak began, the Health Department together with partners such as Refuah Health Center and private pediatricians and family doctors have administered over 23,000 doses of MMR vaccine.

Measles is one of the most contagious viruses on earth; 90% of unvaccinated people exposed to the virus become infected. You can catch measles just by being in a room where a person with measles has been, up to 2 hours after that person is gone. You can catch measles from an infected person even before they have a measles rash. Due to Rockland County's small geographic size, exposure to the measles may occur anywhere in Rockland.

The Health Department is actively working to contain the further spread of measles. If you are ill with a fever, rash, or conjunctivitis (red watery eyes), please help protect our community - stay home, do not have visitors, and do not go out in public. If you have symptoms consistent with measles, contact your health care provider, a local clinic, or a local emergency department before going for care. This will help prevent others at these facilities from being exposed to the illness.

"We are making progress against this dangerous disease, but we urge everyone to follow the Health Department's advice; get vaccinated against the measles, and if you are sick with measles stay home. This outbreak is still a public health emergency and we need the entire community's help to end it," said County Executive Ed Day.

The Health Department is asking all health care providers to immediately report all cases of suspect measles to the Rockland County Department of Health Communicable Disease Program staff by calling (845) 364-2997 during normal business hours, or (845) 364-8600 after hours/weekends. Health Care Providers can also call this number for additional information.

Residents can get more information about measles by visiting Rockland County Department of Health's measles webpage at https://bit.ly/2zh4v1G and the New York State Department of Health measles webpage at https://on.ny.gov/2J543b5, and by calling the New York State Department of Health toll free Measles Information Line at (888) 364-4837.