We have been getting many questions about measles, the measles outbreak, and the MMR vaccine. Currently there are no measles cases in Rhode Island and we would like to keep it that way! The MMR vaccine is very effective at protecting people from catching measles. Children between 1 and 4 should have received 1 dose of the vaccine (typically given at the 12 month well visit) and children over 4 should have received a second dose of the vaccine (usually given at the 4 year well visit). Please also see the links below for the CDC information and also the link to a podcast from Dr. Mike at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
We have been getting questions from parents about guidance to give teenagers about social distancing as we see an uptick in cases in young people. Here are some thoughts:
1. Stay 6 feet away from your friends when hanging out.
2. Be outside when possible.
3. Hang out with your close friends. Keep the group the same as much as possible. Avoid big crowds.
4. Wear your mask all the time when you are with your friends - always when inside, anytime you are outside and not 6 feet apart (including at the beach).
5. Do not share drinks, food, or vape pens.
6. Avoid sleepovers unless you can be in separate rooms.
7. Ride in cars only with people in your own household. If you have to be in the same car with someone not in your family, wear your mask.
8. If you are playing spikeball or basketball or tennis wash your hands or use hand sanitizer right after you are done. Avoid touching your face. Wear your mask.
9. If you have a fever > 100 or diarrhea or cough or any sign you are sick STAY HOME and call your pediatrician to get tested.
10. If your friend has COVID-19 and you have been together, call your pediatrician and get tested. STAY HOME until you are tested.
11. If you have been tested for COVID-19 but don’t have the test back yet STAY HOME.