In a follow-up on the Ocean County, New Jersey measles outbreak, New Jersey state health officials report two additional confirmed measles cases, bringing the total to six.
These individuals could have exposed others to the infection while in Ocean County between Oct. 28 and Nov. 1.
Health officials warn anyone who visited the following locations may have been exposed to measles:
- Schul Satmar, 405 Forest Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701
- October 28 – November 1 between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily
- October 28 – October 31 between 6:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. (morning of Nov. 1)
- November 1 between 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
- CHEMED Health Center, 1771 Madison Ave, Lakewood, NJ 08701
- October 30 between 9:20 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
- November 1 from 10:15 p.m. to close
- Office of Dr. Eli Eilenberg, 150 James St, Lakewood, NJ 08701
- October 31 between 11:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
- Four Corners Bagel & Café, 150 James St, Lakewood, NJ 08701
- October 31 between 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The New Jersey Department of Health is working in collaboration with the Ocean County Health Department to identify and notify people who might have been exposed during the time the individuals were infectious.
Anyone who has not been vaccinated or has not had measles is at risk if they are exposed. “Two doses of measles vaccine are about 97 percent effective in preventing measles,” said Dr. Christina Tan, state epidemiologist.
“We urge everyone to check to make sure they and their family members are up-to-date on measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine and all other age-appropriate immunizations. Getting vaccinated not only protects you, it protects others around you who are too young to get the vaccine or can’t receive it for medical reasons. If you’re planning an international trip, the World Health Organization recommends that adults or adolescents unsure of their immune status get a dose of measles vaccine before traveling,” Dr. Tan added.
Before international travel:
- Infants 6 through 11 months of age should receive one dose of MMR vaccine. Infants who get one dose of MMR vaccine before their first birthday should get two more doses (one dose at 12 through 15 months of age and another dose separated by at least 28 days).
- Children 1 year and older should receive two doses of MMR vaccine, separated by at least 28 days.
- Teenagers and adults who do not have evidence of immunity against measles should get two doses of MMR vaccine separated by at least 28 days.