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Vaccine Bill is Signed into Law

New York joined California, West Virginia and Missouri to be the 4th state to allow only medical exemptions as reasons school age children are not vaccinated. This is a huge step. This is not about religion or freedom of speech. Parents can opt to not vaccinate their children. But, if they do, they cannot attend public school.  Thank you to all our state legislators for seeing the wisdom in this despite the vocal opposition. Thank you all you called your legislators asking for their support.

Help Keep Our Children Healthy

Voice Your Support of “The Medical Exemption Only Bill” A.2371A/S.2994A

Does not take anyone’s rights away. If parents don’t want to immunize their children, this bill will not change their freedom to make that uninformed choice. This bill just insists that if your child is to attend licensed infant and child care or public/private school then your child must be immunized. If you choose not to immunize you must home school your child or make other arrangements. Decisions have consequences when public health is at stake.
Does not have anything to do with anyone’s religion. It eliminates religion from the conversation. Immunization is science. It has nothing to do with religion.
Ensures Herd Immunity. Universal immunization is the only way to protect our children from preventable communicable diseases like measles, mumps, whooping cough and polio. All of these childhood diseases have the potential to severely disable children, and even cause death.
Society has a social responsibility to protect all its citizens. Encouraging immunization at the 95% level and above is the only way to protect those children and adults who cannot be immunized because of medical concerns.
Immunization is a medical intervention. Decisions about Immunization should be medically based.
The science is clear and has been for decades. Immunization is safe and effective. It is, with safe drinking water, one of the most successful public health initiatives in the world.

Call your assemblyperson and state senator today. It takes less than 10 minutes

Patients Still Trust Physicians

More than nine in 10 people ranked doctors as the most trusted profession, according to a survey of more than 1,000 people by Airtasker, an online community platform.
This might be self serving, but nice to know that physicians are still trusted (over Google)

Measles Cases Top 1000

The CDC reports 1,001 cases of measles in 2019. This is the highest number since 1992 when 2,126 cases were reported. Thankfully there are no new cases in Monroe County. The MMR vaccine is highly effective at preventing the disease. 93% protection after 1 dose and 97% after the second. Currently there have not been any recommendations to change the immunization schedule. 

Forms

We are now in “forms” season. Please do not wait until the last minute to send us camp, field trip, program forms. We complete the forms as quickly as we can, but are swamped with the number of forms this time of year.  Also, please fill in as much of the form as you can, especially over the counter medications that you want administered. Thank you for your cooperation.

CDC Guidelines for Adults Concerned About Their Measles Status

Patients do not need measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine if they meet any of these criteria for evidence of immunity:

Patient has written documentation of adequate vaccination:
>At least one dose of a measles, mumps, and rubella virus-containing vaccine administered on or after the first birthday for preschool-age children and adults not at high risk for exposure and transmission
>Two doses of measles and mumps virus-containing vaccine for school-age children and adults at high risk for exposure and transmission, including college students, healthcare personnel, international travelers, and groups at increased risk during outbreaks

Patient has laboratory confirmation of past infection or had blood tests that show you are immune to measles, mumps, and rubella.

Patient was born before 1957.*

If patients do not have evidence of immunity against measles, mumps, and rubella, they should contact their primary care provider about getting vaccinated. If patients are unsure whether they’ve been vaccinated, patients should first try to find their vaccination records. If patients do not have written documentation of MMR vaccine, they should get vaccinated. The MMR vaccine is safe, and there is no harm in getting another dose if they may already be immune to measles, mumps, or rubella.

If patients received a measles vaccine in the 1960s, they may not need to be revaccinated. People who have documentation of receiving LIVE measles vaccine in the 1960s do not need to be revaccinated. People who were vaccinated prior to 1968 with either inactivated (killed) measles vaccine or measles vaccine of unknown type should be revaccinated with at least one dose of live attenuated measles vaccine. This recommendation is intended to protect those who may have received killed measles vaccine, which was available in 1963-1967 and was not effective.

* Birth before 1957 provides only presumptive evidence for measles, mumps, and rubella. Before vaccines were available, nearly everyone was infected with measles, mumps, and rubella viruses during childhood. The majority of people born before 1957 are likely to have been infected naturally and therefore are presumed to be protected against measles, mumps, and rubella. Healthcare personnel born before 1957 without laboratory evidence of immunity or disease should consider getting two doses of MMR vaccine. 

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the Monroe County Department of Public Health by calling (585) 753-2991. 

Measles Cases Skyrocketing.

Measles cases just keep climbing. The USA is on track to see more measles in 2019 than before it was “eliminated” in 2000. This is not a religious issue. This is not a freedom of speech issue. This is a public health crisis. There is absolutely no reason that anyone should die from a preventable infectious disease.