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L A N C A S T E R M E D I C A L S O C I E T Y.O R G

CANCER.
WHERE YOU'RE TREATED
CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE.

Healthy Communities

There is no cure for measles. Immunization is the one and only
key. The MMR vaccine is recommended to be given at 12-15 months
of age with a second dose at least 28 days later, or by age 4-6 years.

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Winning the battle requires
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PERSONS ARE CONSIDERED IMMUNE TO
MEASLES IF ONE OF THE FOLLOWING IS TRUE:
* They were born before 1957 (not applicable to
healthcare workers).
* They have documentation of having had 2
MMR vaccinations.
* They have had measles infection, documented
by a lab test.

As an independent practice, we deliver comprehensive cancer
care at a substantially lower cost than at a hospital-based setting.
To refer a patient, call 717-291-1313.

* They have serologic evidence of being immune
to measles.
Immunocompetent persons who have either had lab-documented
measles or are immune by serology cannot acquire or transmit the
disease. And they do not need blood testing or repeat immunization
even in the setting of an epidemic.

Greenfield Corporate Center * 1858 Charter Lane, Suite 202
(717) 291-1313 * www.lancastercancercenter.com

Infection control measures are also important in containing
a measles outbreak. Physician offices should provide telephone
screening for incoming sick visit appointments for fever and rash.
Based on immunization, travel, and exposure histories, patients
who might have measles should, if possible, not enter the practice through the waiting room. They should be given a surgical
mask upon arrival and be escorted to a sequestered room for their
evaluation. If measles is in the differential diagnosis after provider
evaluation, the room should be kept closed and out of use for 2
hours after the visit. Routine cleaning of the room should suffice.
Diagnostic testing for measles is now the exclusive purview of
the Pennsylvania Department of Health, through which all requests
for testing (nasopharyngeal and urine PCR, and serology) must go.
Clinical presentation, immunization, travel, and exposure histories
will be reviewed prior to granting approval for testing. The contact
number for the State Epidemiology division is 1-877-724-3258.

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We should not underestimate the potential consequences of a
measles outbreak, especially in Lancaster County. Providers should
do all they can to educate their staff and patients and provide
expanded access to MMR vaccination. Hospitals are preparing with
increasing supplies of vaccine, as well as intramuscular immune
globulin and vitamin A to aid in the management of infected
infants and young children.

Lancaster Country Day School is an
independent, college-preparatory school
that combines a rigorous curriculum with
a supportive and encouraging faculty to
ensure that every preschool-12th grade
student receive the best education available.

Measles has come to Pennsylvania, and now is the time for all of
us to make sure that we and our patients are properly immunized
to protect those most vulnerable in our community.

Contact Ruby Dhillon at dhillonr@lancastercountryday.org
or call 717-392-2916, ext. 228

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