Measles cases Jan. 2019

Measles updates and resources 2019

January 31: The Monroe County Department of Public Health provided the following information to Spencerport on Jan. 31, confirming a third case of the measles.

The Monroe County Department of Public Health has been alerted to one new lab confirmed case of measles in Monroe County – bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Monroe County to four. All four cases have occurred in unvaccinated individuals. Upon review of this most recent case, the Monroe County Department of Public Health believes that these cases represent an isolated cluster among a small group of acquainted individuals who choose not to vaccinate. 

  Michael D. Mendoza, MD, MPH, MS

The MCDoH confirmed that this unvaccinated individual had been quarantined since last week, and did not pose a risk of exposure at school or to the public. While this is the fourth countywide, please remember that the first confirmed case was a toddler reported in Greece in early January.

January 25:

The Monroe County Department of Health contacted Canal View Elementary School after 5 p.m. on Fri. Jan. 25 indicating two confirmed cases of the Measles at the school.The Department of Health requested the names of all non-immunized students and any staff who interacted with the classes containing these 2 students.

The Department of Health reiterated several times that anyone who received two doses of the MMR vaccine is immune. Therefore, the Department of Health has only contacted those students not immunized or further identified with immune deficiencies. The MCDoH indicated to the district that those students directly impacted have been excluded from school until the morning of Feb. 14.

The Spencerport Central School District continues to work with the MCDoH, and follow the directives they provide us. Please know the NYS DoH is very clear that school districts must follow all state laws with any release of health-related information. The MCDoH provided this release to us at 1:15 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 26: 

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  Monroe County Department of Public Health Release

We understand the need for information. Please know that our district, and especially our Canal View nurses, have been exemplary in advocating for the wellness of our students and have been acknowledged by the MCDoH for reacting quickly and thoroughly.

In the meantime, please click on the NYS website below that we found as a helpful resource.

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The New York State Department of Health offers numerous
 resources on the Measles, including this link to specific questions and answers

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Center for Disease Control:

Q: How effective is the measles vaccine?

A: The measles vaccine is very effective. One dose of measles vaccine is about 93% effective at preventing measles if exposed to the virus. Two doses are about 97% effective.

Q: Could I still get measles if I am fully vaccinated?

A: Very few people—about three out of 100—who get two doses of measles vaccine will still get measles if exposed to the virus. Experts aren’t sure why. It could be that their immune systems didn’t respond as well as they should have to the vaccine. But the good news is, fully vaccinated people who get measles are much more likely to have a milder illness. And fully vaccinated people are also less likely to spread the disease to other people, including people who can’t get vaccinated because they are too young or have weakened immune systems.

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