FIRST REPORT: Confirmed case of Measles resurfaces in Lakewood

The New Jersey Department of Health is warning residents about a confirmed case of measles—a highly contagious disease— in an Ocean County resident who could have possibly exposed others to the infection between February 26 and February 27, 2019. The Department and local health officials are investigating any connection to the previous outbreak in Ocean County or current outbreaks in other states.

Anyone who visited the following locations may have been exposed to measles:

  • Congregation Sons of Israel- Park Avenue, 401 Park Ave, Lakewood, NJ 08701
    • February 26, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
  • Kol Shimshon, 323 Squankum Rd, Lakewood, NJ 08701
    • February 27, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The Department is working in collaboration with the Ocean County Health Department to identify and notify people who might have been exposed during the time the individuals were infectious. In the event that additional exposures are identified, an update will be provided.

The Department recommends that anyone who visited the location listed above during the specified date/time should contact a health provider immediately to discuss potential exposure and risk of developing the illness. If you have been exposed, you are at risk if you have not been vaccinated or have not had measles. Individuals potentially exposed, if infected, could develop symptoms as late as March 25.

Anyone who suspects an exposure is urged to call a health care provider before going to a medical office or emergency department. Special arrangements can be made for evaluation while also protecting other patients and medical staff from possible infection.

Measles symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. It can cause serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis (swelling of the brain). Measles infection in a pregnant woman can lead to miscarriage, premature birth or a low-birth-weight baby. Measles is easily spread through the air when someone coughs or sneezes. People can also get sick when they come in contact with mucus or saliva from an infected person.

Anyone who has not been vaccinated or has not had measles is at risk if they are exposed. “Two doses of measles vaccine are about 97 percent effective in preventing measles,” said Dr. Christina Tan, state epidemiologist.

“We urge everyone to check to make sure they and their family members are up-to-date on measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine and all other age-appropriate immunizations. Getting vaccinated not only protects you, it protects others around you who are too young to get the vaccine or can’t receive it for medical reasons. If you’re planning an international trip, the World Health Organization recommends that adults or adolescents unsure of their immune status get a dose of measles vaccine before traveling,” Dr. Tan added.

Before international travel:

  • Infants 6 through 11 months of age should receive one dose of MMR vaccine. Infants who get one dose of MMR vaccine before their first birthday should get two more doses (one dose at 12 through 15 months of age and another dose separated by at least 28 days).
  • Children 1 year and older should receive two doses of MMR vaccine, separated by at least 28 days.
  • Teenagers and adults who do not have evidence of immunity against measles should get two doses of MMR vaccine separated by at least 28 days.


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  1. Hopefully this child is was not in public places such as malls or shopping areas where other people were exposed. Although it may be unconstitutional, People who do not vaccinate their children should not be allowed to bring their children out in public. Especially when pregnant women can pass these highly contagious diseases to their unborn children! Unfortunately there’s no way of checking their status before walking into a shopping environment. It’s just frustrating that some of these parents have no regard for anyone but themselves or their religion in this day and age.

    • You are being brainwashed to believe such nonsense. We got this when we were kids way before it became a supposed money maker. It caused some major problems in some and others just suffered through it and were OK. Don’t be ignorant and start really opening up your mind to know sicknesses do exist.

  2. My son is a Leukemia survivor with a compromised immune system. He could die because a parent chose to not to immunize her child. Is one child more valuable than another?

    • I feel very bad,but your child cannot die because my child is not vaccinated!! There are many people who are not vaccinated completely, and if you check, you will see that they are not all killing your child. Do you think that the child in the doctor’s waiting room, who came in for a “well” visit and will get his vaccine within the hour could make your child die because yesterday and the day before he was not vaccinated??? How about vaccines that have a window of a few years when they are recommended? Do you think all people must get all their vaccines at once, or else they will chas veshalom kill your son? Please stop with the hysteria. Hashem should watch over your kid and all the worlds kids. Unvaccinated people are not sick . You have no idea if the person who has the measles was vaccinated or not. When I was having medical treatments, I chose to stay home rather than go to school where I may pick up any type of germ, not only from the diseases that we have vaccines for. I did not go around screaming at everyone else to run and get vaccinated. Do your parents have all their vaccines? Does the bus driver Does your cleaning lady have all the vaccines? How about the supermarket checkout person who handles all of your food? HOw about the supermarket bagger?

  3. to really:
    why do you think this was a child? based on the places and times that he was there it sounds like an adult. Children are in school from 8:30-11:30 a.m. not in shuls. secondly, there is no need to lock up children who are un-vaccinated if they are not sick. they don’t carry diseases around. Yes, they are more likely to catch the disease from someone else. but it wasn’t created in their body. If someone and this goes for anyone is not feeling well they should not be in public making other ppl. sick. and this goes for ppl. with strept too. just because there is no vaccine for that pple. who are carriers of strept are not blamed for the spread of the disease. I’m sorry to repeat this again but unvaccinated ppl. don’t carry diseases. everyone should make sure to get vaccinated to protect themselves and that is all they have to do. It is not part of your hishtadlus to make sure that someone else gets vaccinated. your hishtadlus is not to tell someone else what their hishtadlus should be. Let’s not lose sight of who runs the world. It is only Hashem. And p.s. causing machlokes among yidden is what destroyed the Bais Hamikdosh so lets all work to create shalom among ALL kinds of yidden and bring moshiac b’mheira b’yomeinu.

  4. And just in time the latest study came out yesterday. After following 650,000 kids , the kids who received no childhood vaccinations were 7% MORE likely to be diagnosed with autism than kids who were vaccinated!

    • If you are referring to the study from Denmark, it was funded by Novo Nordisk foundation. If you investigate the board members of this foundation, at least half of them have financial ties to vaccine manufacturers.

      • In addition, I just learned that this study compared children who got all the vaccines minus the MMR with children who got all the vaccines plus the MMR. There was a slight increase in autism in the latter group, but they said it was statistically insignificant. However, this study does not address whether any of the other vaccines (or combinations thereof) lead to higher rates of autism in vaccinated children. The science is not settled.

  5. We’re all immunized from the paranoia surrounding this issue. No one died or got seriously ill from the last outbreak. Let’s take care of ourselves & forget about the few who refuse to immunize.

  6. This whole fiasco of measles starting with and going around specifically inside the Lakewood/Brooklyn/Monsey communities is a big fat chillul hashem that the anti-vaxxers are single handedly causing.

  7. To Ari: it is very easy to manipulate statistics. Correlation does not imply causation. Would you believe this statistic: 80% of marijuana users were vaccinated, and then conclude therefore vaccines cause marijuana addiction?

  8. We all need to learn to keep an open mind. This should not escalate into a personal fight. Everyone wants to do what is best for their children with the tools and knowledge they have. I personally vaccinate my children because I cannot do the research myself and decided to rely on the majority of Dr.s’ opinions. These doctors don’t all have stocks in vaccines!! But I totally hear the other side (especially in regard to the measles vaccine.. measles is not a very serious disease and )the powerful drug companies certainly don’t have our best interest in mind!! Let’s just hope all kids everywhere have good health and we all get along!!!

  9. I ask everyone to please keep their comments to themselves and not cause any sort of machlokes. Its not worth it. Hashem is testing us again to see if we can all get along and not bad mouth others. we want Mashiach to come. Don’t you all see whats going on around the world? Mashiach is at our door steps. PLEASE DON’T SAY ANYTHING NEGATIVE ABOUT ANYONE. THANK YOU! I”YH very soon we will all be together in Eretz Yisroel together with Mashiach.

  10. @nyj: you say that it is no one else’s fault if c”v Anne’s child passes from the disease. And you are not wrong.

    My closest friend’s daughter had a severe allergic reaction due to her aunt’s negligence. It would be easy for anyone to say “hey, she could’ve touched that allergen in class or the grocery store, it is mom’s job to protect her”. But when it really happened, the aunt was consumed by guilt for not taking a step to save her niece. I hope you are never in the situation where you have to look back and realize that your decision risked someone else’s life.

    • The parents who do not vaccinate their kids have come to the conclusion that they don’t want to risk the health or life of their child to the possible adverse affects of the vaccine. They have concluded that the possible side effects of the vaccine show that the risks outweigh the benefits. That is something that each parent should have the right to decide , to decide what chemicals are injected into their healthy child!! Imagine if they cave in to pressure and give the vaccine because of outside pressure, and then chas veshalom something happens to their child!! I hope they never have to look back and be consumed with guilt that their “decision risked someone else’s life!!”

  11. Goldy autism and vaccines aren’t linked in any way. Children are either born autistic or not. It happens in the womb because of the child’s genes. Vaccines prevent/ treat diseases they don’t change genetic makeup. Simple highschool/ middle school science.

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