Citywide Recommendations During the Ongoing Measles Outbreak
Due to the current measles outbreak in New York City — mostly focused in Williamsburg and Borough Park — the NYC Department of Health recommends providers throughout the city follow these guidelines:
Make sure all patients are up to date with their measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR). This is the most effective way to prevent measles and its complications.
Confirm all health care staff have documented measles immunity.
Administer an early, extra dose of MMR to infants aged 6 to 11 months who reside in or regularly spend time in Williamsburg, Borough Park, Sunset Park or in areas outside of NYC that are experiencing measles activity.
Consider an early, extra dose of MMR for infants ages 6 to 11 months who are members of the Orthodox Jewish community in NYC and live outside of Williamsburg, Borough Park or Sunset Park.
By order of the Health Commissioner (PDF), anyone 6 months or older who lives, works or resides in Williamsburg — ZIP codes 11205, 11206, 11211 and 11249 — must receive at least one dose of MMR or have proof of measles immunity.
Ask your patients about their travel plans. If you do not know a patient’s vaccination history or measles immune status, vaccinate all infants aged 6 to 11 months and all unvaccinated children and adults aged 12 months or older with MMR before they travel to another country.