Measles outbreak grows in Rockland CountyPosted: Updated:
Another free measles clinic will be offered today in Rockland County as the outbreak of the virus continues to grow.
The number of confirmed measles cases now stands at 40, with 11 more suspected. The number has doubled from last week.
Starting Monday, health officials are requiring all schools in New Square, and some in Spring Valley and Monsey, to keep home students who are not properly vaccinated until 21 days after the last confirmed measles case.
Officials say this affects more than 1,000 students in Rockland.
Earlier this month, under vaccinated students were required to stay home from only schools with a confirmed case. Those students will still be required to stay home for 21 days after the last confirmed measles case in Rockland.
But as for the additional 15 schools, the students will be allowed to return if they get their MMR shot.
The county and a partnering health clinic have administered 2,100 vaccines for the potentially deadly disease since the outbreak began.
Health officials also confirm that two children are being hospitalized and one is in intensive care because of the measles.
Vaccines are being offered to children 6 months old and up.
The Health Department will be hosting four free vaccine clinics in Monsey and Spring Valley in the next few days. Free clinics will be held at the Community Outreach Center in Monsey Thursday from 4-7 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.