JCC Update on Measles
Dear members and friends,
As of yesterday, health officials have confirmed 21 cases of measles in Oakland County, as well as one case in Wayne County. Because measles is highly-contagious, it’s extremely important that our community make efforts to prevent any further exposure to high-risk individuals: those who are unvaccinated or unsure about vaccination status, pregnant women, and those with a weakened immune system due to illness or disease.
If you were born after 1957* and are uncertain whether you’ve been MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) immunized, we encourage you to contact a medical professional.
If you believe you’ve been exposed and may be unvaccinated, do not visit your doctor or emergency room unless you call ahead so they can take precautions to prevent possible exposure to other individuals.
An immunization is still effective even up to 72 hours after exposure to measles.
Our building and programs continue to remain open to the public, and we urge everyone to do their part to protect the health of our community. See below for more information about our policies and local resources to help prevent further spread of this serious virus.
*The majority of people born before 1957 are likely to have been infected naturally and therefore are presumed to be protected against measles, mumps, and rubella. (Source: CDC.Gov)
What is our Immunization Policy?
All children who attend the Sarah & Irving Pitt Child Development Center (CDC) and JCC Day Camps must be immunized. We recognize that individuals who have had a documented allergy or severe adverse reaction to a particular vaccine will not be able to receive further doses of that individual vaccine. If an individual or his/her family believes that a specific situation poses extenuating circumstances, and furnishes a letter from the primary physician or MD/DO specialist substantiating this contention, the Pitt CDC will review such situations on a case by case basis with our consulting physician. Waivers for philosophical or religious beliefs will not be accepted. Waivers for medical reasons will only be accepted after they are reviewed as stated above.
Updates from Other Jewish Organizations
- Notice from the Council of Orthodox Rabbis of Greater Detroit (Vaad Harabbonim) Regarding Measles
- Hatzalah of Michigan Emergency Medical Services Measles Update
Oakland County Health Division offices in Southfield and Pontiac are open Monday, 8:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Health Division offices are not testing centers.
- North Oakland Health Center, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Building 34 East, Pontiac
- South Oakland Health Center, 27725 Greenfield Road, Southfield
- Wed. – Fri. at Young Israel of Oak Park, 15140 W 10 Mile Rd., Oak Park, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Contact your health care provider for measles vaccine availability.
Complete List of Measles Exposure Locations
For the complete and updated list, visit Oakland County’s website here.
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccination
To learn more about the MMR Vaccine, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website here.