CDC Says No Current Multi-State Measles Outbreak

PUBLISHED: Aug 20, 2018
Relevant to: Ambulatory Care, Critical Access Hospitals, Hospitals, Long Term Care, Medical Office, Rural Health Clinics

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is confirming there is no current, multi-state outbreak of measles. According to the CDC, from January 1 to July 14, 2018, the CDC has received reports of 107 people with measles in 21 states (Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington) and the District of Colombia.

Despite media outlet reporting, the CDC says this is not a current, multi-state measles outbreak.

The CDC defines a confirmed measles outbreak as a chain of transmission including 3 or more cases linked in time and space. CDC recommends that children get two doses of MMR vaccine:

  • the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age, and
  • the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age.

Teens and adults should also be up to date on MMR vaccinations.

Included with today’s notice are example policies related to measles vaccination and screening of staff for suspected evidence of measles disease.

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