Protecting You from the Growing Measles Outbreak
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 704 measles cases have been confirmed in 22 states.
This is the largest outbreak of measles in the United States since 2000.
There are currently 14 confirmed cases in New Jersey, including eight Ocean County residents and four in one Monmouth County household. This household has a direct link to the outbreak community in Ocean County.
Measles is considered the most deadly of all childhood rash/fever illnesses. Measles can have serious complications, such as ear infections, pneumonia, swelling of the brain and miscarriage in pregnant women.
Symptoms may include:
- High fever
- Red watery eyes
- Runny nose
If you have symptoms and/or could have been exposed to the disease, please call your doctor immediately.
Protect your family
The MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine protects children from measles, mumps and rubella. Vaccines 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 it needs to stay healthy.
If you received the measles vaccine between 1963 and 1968, speak with your doctor about getting revaccinated.
Booster vaccines are not necessary for those who received two doses of the measles vaccine as children. According to the United States vaccination schedule, these people are protected for life and do not need a booster dose.
Unsure about immunity?
If you’re unsure whether you’re immune to measles, you should first try to find your vaccine records or documentation of measles immunity. If you do not have written documentation of measles immunity, you should get vaccinated with the MMR vaccine.
Another option is to have a doctor test your blood to determine whether you’re immune, but this option will take two doctor’s visits. There is no harm in getting another dose of MMR vaccine if you may already be immune to measles (or mumps or rubella).
Not sure if you are fully vaccinated? Talk with your doctor.