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Measles concerns in Ocean County – Vaccination is key

The New Jersey Department of Health recently warned Ocean County residents about confirmed cases of measles. Others in Ocean County may have been exposed to this highly contagious disease between October 13 and November 9, 2018.

Measles is considered the most deadly of all childhood rash/fever illnesses. Symptoms may include high fever, cough, runny nose, red watery eyes and rash. Measles can have serious complications such as ear infections, pneumonia, swelling of the brain, and miscarriage in pregnant women.

The MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine protects children from measles, mumps and rubella.

If you have symptoms and could have been exposed to the disease, please call your doctor immediately.

Protect your family

Vaccinations are an important part of keeping your child healthy – today and in the future. Please make sure your child is up to date on all recommended vaccinations. We want to be sure your family gets the care they need and stay healthy.

Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns or questions.

For additional information, please visit the NJ Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Published on: November 21, 2018, 10:00 a.m. ET
Last updated on: April 26, 2021, 02:49 a.m. ET