Information From Your School Nurses - Measles
As you are aware, we are experiencing a nationwide measles outbreak that apparently started at Disneyland in California. AT THE PRESENT TIME, the New York State Department of Health is reporting that in New York State outside of New York City, there are 5 confirmed measles cases in 2014 and 1 confirmed case in 2015.
Measles is highly contagious. Up to 90% of susceptible persons exposed to an infected person will develop measles. Measles is spread by airborne contact through sneezing and/or coughing and the virus can remain active and contagious for up to 2 hours in the air or on surfaces.
The NYSDOH is STRONGLY recommending that all children age 12 months and older, all Adolescents and Adults who have not been vaccinated SHOULD BE VACCINATED AT THE EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY.
Vaccine Recommended Schedule
MMR is the recommended vaccination for prevention of mumps, measles and rubella. It is given as follows:
1st dose: 12 – 15 months of age
2nd dose: 4 – 6 years of age
Children over one year of age who have received one dose of MMR vaccine and who have recently been exposed to measles infection OR who are planning to travel outside the U.S. should receive a second dose of MMR as soon as possible as long as it has been 28 days from the first.
Children 6 – 11 months should receive a dose of MMR vaccine prior to international travel. This dose will not count as their first dose in the MMR series. Children who receive MMR vaccine before age 12 months will need two more doses given at the prescribed ages.
AS ALWAYS, contact your pediatrician if you have any questions regarding any of the above information
Recall of Tainted Peanut Products
Here is the latest news from SnackSafely.com
Advisory: Massive Recall of Peanut Tainted Products;
The items listed below have been recalled due to possible contamination with peanuts and /or peanut products. If you shop for someone who has an allergy to peanuts, you are being urged to check your pantry for any of these items and not to buy any of these items for the time being.
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