Measles Case Confirmed: The First of 2019 in Connecticut

February 1, 2019 2:55 pm Published by

The Connecticut Department of Public Health has confirmed that a case of measles has been discovered in an adult-New Haven County resident.  The best way to prevent measles is by being vaccinated.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • While measles is a very contagious disease the majority of people exposed to measles are not at-risk
  • The measles vaccine is VERY effective (after 1 dose it is 93% effective, after 2 doses it is 97% effective.)
  • It is required for anyone attending school to have been vaccinated for measles
  • 97% of students were vaccinated with 2 doses by the time they entered Kindergarten
  • If you were born in the U.S. prior to 1957 you are considered immune to measles due to exposure
  • Symptoms of measles include:
    • mild to moderate fever
    • cough
    • runny nose
    • red eyes (conjunctivitis)
    • sore throat
    • a red or reddish-brown rash, usually starting on a person’s face at the hairline and spreading downward to the entire body

If you believe you’ve been exposed to the measles contact us and one of our medical professionals can discuss next steps.