New Jersey measles outbreak in Ocean County

New Jersey measles outbreak in Ocean County

New Jersey measles outbreak in Ocean County

Health officials continue to recommend that the best way to avoid the measles is to get vaccinated.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has confirmed 30 cases of measles for this year infecting individuals ranging in age from 1 to 63 this year.

It has not been confirmed if this specific case came from one of those practices.

"We know that you need about 95 per cent of your population to be ammune to measles, to be vaccinated, [in order] to prevent spread, and we are very very close to that", she said.

Although measles is usually considered a childhood disease, it can be contracted at any age. Although most people will have been immunized against measles as a child, given the recent measles activity in several states and around the world, it's important for everyone to be fully vaccinated. However, a large body of scientific research has proven there is no link between vaccines and the developmental disorder, even in children at high risk.

Health officials released some vaccine information on the first outbreak and found that 79% of people that were infected with measles were not inoculated with the combination MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine.

Measles is a highly contagious disease that is spread through the air when a person with measles coughs or sneezes. Children typically receive one dose of MMR at 12 months of age followed by one dose of MMRV starting at four years of age.

The initial symptoms of measles can include: a runny or blocked nose; sneezing; sore, red eyes that may be sensitive to light; a high temperature (fever); a cough.

While most people don't experience side effects from receiving the MMR vaccine, some may get a mild fever or redness, swelling, or pain at the injection site, Ryan said. A rash usually breaks out two to four days later, beginning on the face. Talk to your healthcare provider to determine if immune globulin is right for you and if it is available. Highrisk individuals include those who are unvaccinated or unsure about vaccination status, pregnant women and those who are immune-compromised (have a weakened immune system due to illness and diseases like HIV, malnutrition and/or medications).

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