New York continues to experience a surge in measles activity, including in the lower Hudson Valley and parts of New York City.
Measles is highly contagious and can cause serious health complications, especially in children younger than 5 years of age. About one in four people in the U.S. who get measles will be hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
New York’s hospitals and health systems work closely with public health agencies to promptly identify and treat patients with measles, while taking precautions and implementing protocols to prevent exposure to vulnerable patients and caregivers.
If you have questions about measles, please call the New York State Measles Hotline at 1-888-364-4837 or your county health department.
If you believe you have been exposed to measles, call your local health department or doctor for advice. Appropriate arrangements must be made before you enter any medical facility, such as a doctor’s office or hospital, so that you do not infect others who are not immune.
Vaccination against measles is very effective. HANYS encourages vaccination to prevent contracting measles and to protect very young infants and others who cannot be immunized.