Educating About the Measles Outbreak

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As of June 17, 2019, there have been 596 confirmed cases of Measles in NYC since September. The Commissioner of Health has required that anyone who lives, works or resides in Brooklyn and Queens must receive the Measles (MMR) Vaccination. Below you will find important information that can be shared with employees to help them decide the best steps to take for them and their families. 

There is currently a large outbreak of measles in parts of New York City, primarily in Williamsburg and Borough Park, Brooklyn. On April 9, the Health Commissioner ordered every adult and child who lives, works or resides in the following ZIP codes and has not received the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to be vaccinated:

  • 11205
  • 11206
  • 11211
  • 11249

Any individuals who demonstrate they are immune from measles or have a medical condition that prevents them from receiving the vaccine will not need to get vaccinated. If the Health Department identifies a person with measles or an unvaccinated child exposed to measles in one of the above ZIP codes, that individual or their parent or guardian could be fined $1,000.

Any individuals who demonstrate they are immune from measles or have a medical condition that prevents them from receiving the vaccine will not need to get vaccinated. If the Health Department identifies a person with measles or an unvaccinated child exposed to measles in one of the above ZIP codes, that individual or their parent or guardian could be fined $1,000.

What Your Employees Can Do

Vaccination is the best way to prevent measles, and anyone who has received two doses of a measles-containing vaccine is considered immune is highly unlikely to get measles. 

  • If an individual has not been vaccinated, they should get the MMR vaccine immediately. If they do not know their vaccination history, they should check with their doctor. 
  • Individuals should check with their health insurance providers to confirm if the MMR vaccine is covered under preventive services, and to be sure to visit an in-network doctor if necessary.
  • Regardless of an individuals immigration status or ability to pay, all individuals can visit a Federally Qualified Health Center to receive the vaccine. Health Center locations can be found here. Call ahead to confirm a particular clinic is offering the vaccine, takes your specific insurance and to make an appointment.
  • The MMR vaccine is available at the Health Department’s Immunization Clinic in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. 

Children & The Measles Vaccine

A child should get a measles vaccine on or after their first birthday. The vaccine is combined with mumps and rubella vaccines into one vaccine called MMR (measles, mumps and rubella). A second dose of the MMR vaccine is recommended before children enter school at 4 to 6 years of age. Infants ages 6 to 11 months should also receive the MMR vaccine before traveling internationally.Vaccination Requirements CitywideAll children enrolled in pre-kindergarten, nursery school, daycare programs, and Head Start are required to receive one dose of the measles vaccine.Children enrolled in grades K through 12 and college students are required to have two doses of the MMR vaccine.Health care workers are required to receive two doses of a measles-containing vaccine, or have a blood test showing that they are immune.
For more information on the Measles outbreak, visit this NYC.gov website. 

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