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State of Emergency Refuah Response Statement

RefuahHealth Responds to State of Emergency Declaration

in Rockland County Measles Outbreak

 

[Spring Valley, New York, March 26, 2019–] At 2:00 PM today, County Executive Ed Day declared a State of Emergency in Rockland County. Under this declaration children under the age of 18 who have not received an MMR vaccine are prohibited from visiting public places. Since the Rockland County measles outbreak began in early October 2018, Refuah Health Center has worked in-step with the Rockland County Health Department acting as a Point-of-Distribution for the MMR vaccine. Over the past five months Refuah has administered over 4,278 MMRs and altered service delivery to prevent unnecessary exposure by providing front door triage for all patients presenting with a fever and mobile medical services for patients under 6-months of age who were unable to receive an immunization. Additionally, Refuah has launched a multifaceted patient engagement and education campaign, strongly urging all patients and the local community to obtain all recommended vaccinations.

 

Refuah’s ongoing commitment to timely vaccinations continues. This week, prior to Executive Day’s State of Emergency declaration, Refuah hosted a workshop on vaccine hesitancy for its provider staff featuring nationally recognized expert, Dr. Robert Jacobson, M.D., F.A.A.P., Professor of Pediatrics at the Mayo Clinic. In light of the State of Emergency, Refuah thanks Dr. Jacobson and the Mayo Clinic for timely guidance and reaffirms its commitment to assisting individuals and families in obtaining all recommended vaccines and bringing the outbreak to an end.

 

Refuah urges all adults born after 1/1/1957 to check their vaccination records to see if they have received 2 measles or MMR vaccines. For children and individuals who are not immunized or for those who are unsure of their vaccination history, please contact your primary care provider. An MMR vaccine provides the most effective protection against the measles and could provide protection against this exposure or future exposures. With 2 doses, the MMR vaccine can be 97% effective in providing immunity. Refuah is offering vaccinations at all Rockland County locations. For more information, please visit RefuahHealth.org or call 1.845.354.9300.​

Evening of Education Live-Stream Video

 

RefuahHealth’s team of experienced pediatricians and guest medical experts discuss the measles including risk of exposure, signs & symptoms, vaccinations, and more.  The presentation aims to answer all of your questions and features the following topics and speakers:

  • Vaccine Preventable Illnesses, Dr. Esther Muschel, MD, RefuahHealth Pediatrician
  • Measles & MMR Vaccine, Dr. Rose Varon, MD, RefuahHealth Pediatrician
  • Question & Answer, Dr. Esther Muschel, MD, & Dr. Rose Varon, MD, RefuahHealth Pediatricians
  • Success of Vaccines, Dr. Alan Wertzberger, MD, Renowned Pediatrician from Monroe, NY

 

Joint Statement Immunization as Best Practice

Refuah Health Center and the Rockland County Department of Health fully support timely and complete immunization of all infants, children, adolescents and adults to bolster the health and well-being of all people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that vaccinations have prevented more than 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths among children born in the last 20 years. In line with CDC recommendations and those of the New York State Department of Health, we strongly encourage adherence to recommended immunization schedules for all children, adolescents and adults to best protect individuals who are most vulnerable to serious illness and death. By following recommended schedules, we can maintain the highest immunization rates possible and effectively prevent outbreaks of vaccine preventable disease within our communities and across the country.

For children and individuals who are not immunized or for those who are unsure of their vaccination history, we encourage you to contact your primary care provider. An MMR vaccine provides the most effective protection against the measles and could provide protection against this exposure or future exposures. With 2 doses, the MMR vaccine can be 97% effective in providing immunity. Refuah is offering vaccinations at all Rockland County locations. For more information, please call 1.845.354.9300.

The Rockland County Department of Health continues to encourage everyone to be up-to-date with the MMR vaccine to help protect them in case of any future exposure to measles in Rockland. In addition to recommending adherence to immunization schedules, because there is a measles outbreak in Rockland County, the Rockland County Department of Health is currently recommending that children 6 months through 11 months of age get an MMR vaccine now. They will still have to get a vaccine at 12-15 months of age and again at 4-6 years of age, however getting an MMR vaccine now will help give them some protection against measles. Therefore, any child 6 months or older or any adult who has not received their first MMR vaccine yet should get their first MMR vaccine now.

To prevent the spread of illness, we are advising individuals who may have been exposed, and who have symptoms consistent with measles to contact their health care provider, a local clinic, or a local emergency department before going for care. This will help to prevent others at these facilities from being exposed to the illness.

Residents can get more information about measles by calling the New York State Department of Health toll free Measles Information Line at (888) 364-4837.

Measles Case Confirmed in Rockland County

[Spring Valley, New York, October 3, 2018–] Between September 29, 2018 and October 1, 2018, Refuah Health Center (Refuah) treated a patient with a confirmed case of the measles. The patient originated from out of the country and traveled to Rockland County, NY. Refuah is working closely with the Rockland County Department of Health to contain the situation and serve as a Point-of-Distribution for the MMR vaccine. Refuah urges all adults born after 1/1/1957 to check their vaccination records to see if they have received 2 measles or MMR vaccines. For children and individuals who are not immunized or for those who are unsure of their vaccination history, please contact your primary care provider. An MMR vaccine provides the most effective protection against the measles and could provide protection against this exposure or future exposures. With 2 doses, the MMR vaccine can be 97% effective in providing immunity. Refuah is offering vaccinations at all Rockland County locations. For more information, please visit RefuahHealth.org or call 1.845.354.9300.

Measles Announcement