The Ocean County Health Department and New Jersey Department of Health have issued a warning to residents about a confirmed case of measles that was discovered in Ocean County between Oct. 13 and Oct. 21. As a Federally-Qualified Health Center with locations in Ocean and Monmouth Counties, Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc., (OHI) is reminding its patient population and the local community of the importance of receiving the measles vaccine.
The Measles is a highly contagious virus that is spread through the air, (i.e., coughing and sneezing) and by direct contact with infectious droplets. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the symptoms of measles appear seven to 14 days after exposure and include high fever, cough, runny nose and red watery eyes. These are then followed up with white spots in the mouth and a rash that spreads downward from your head to your neck, body, arms, legs and feet.
Measles can be prevented with an MMR vaccine in both children and adults. It is recommended by the CDC that children get two doses, the first during months 12 to 15, and the second during ages 4-6. OHI Health Centers carry the MMR Vaccine and are available for administration by appointment. Teenagers and adults may also receive the vaccine if not vaccinated during childhood.
Anyone that has been exposed or is believed to have symptoms of the measles should mention this when booking an appointment with your provider. This will ensure that proper medical procedures can be taken into effect to protect other patients and the staff from risk.
For more information, contact Kyle Fannan, marketing development associate, at (732) 719-1570. To schedule an appointment, call (732) 363-6655. For more information about OHI’s services, visit www.ohinj.org.