Central Hatzolah has joined with the NYC Health Department and released a letter calling on the community to vaccinate. The following is the letter:
Measles is a highly contagious disease that is now unfortunately prevalent in our community. Measles is transmitted by airborne particles, droplets, and direct contact with the respiratory secretions of an infected person.
Measles typically presents in adults and children as an acute viral illness characterized by fever and generalized rash. The rash usually starts on the face, proceeds down the body, and may include the palms and soles. The rash lasts several days. Infected individuals are contagious from four days before rash onset through the fourth day after rash appearance.
“Although measles is preventable, too many families are choosing to not vaccinate or delay
vaccination, putting their children and other children at risk” said Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot. “It is also important to make sure the entire family is protected before traveling internationally, because outbreaks of measles are occurring in Israel and throughout Europe. If your child develops a fever and rash, contact your health care provider and keep your children home from school or daycare.”
If you think you or your child has been exposed to measles, contact your health care provider before going to the facility so they can prevent exposure to other patients. Tell the medical staff if you have fever and a rash and about any known exposures or international travel. You can prevent measles by making sure that you and your family have received two doses of MMR vaccine.
Chevra Hatzalah has seen an increase in measles cases in our community. In conjunction with the Department of Health we strongly urge everyone to be vaccinated for measles. The Health Department recommends the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine for children at age 12 months, with a second dose at 4 to 6 years old. You are not only helping yourself, but you are helping prevent the spread of this disease to others who are not able to be vaccinated.
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