TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Second measles case of 2015 confirmed in Massachusetts

Second measles case in 2015 confirmed | Courtesy of nature.com

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) recently confirmed the second measles case in Massachusetts for 2015.

The second measles patient is a child who resides in a different state. The child was visiting Martha’s Vineyard.

The MDPH has encouraged anyone who has not yet received the measles vaccination to receive the vaccine. Within the first 72 hours after experiencing exposure to measles, people can still receive the measles vaccine and potentially have protection from future exposures to measles. Health professionals maintain that Massachusetts’ high vaccination rates for measles may be the best way to protect against contracting the illness.

A Measles Immunization Clinic will be held at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital in the Doctor’s wing between 5 and 9 p.m. on June 24. There is no charge to receive the vaccine at the clinic.

“A widespread outbreak of measles in Massachusetts is unlikely, largely due to the fact that over 95 percent of students in Massachusetts have already been vaccinated against the illness,” Commissioner of Public Health Dr. Monica Bharel said. “As most measles cases in the U.S. have been among unvaccinated people and people who don’t know their vaccination status, it is important for people to confirm their immunization status with their healthcare provider, and for parents to have their children vaccinated with the measles vaccine (called MMR), which is safe and highly effective.”

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