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.
COVID-19 has created a lot of uncertainty in our lives. To make the process of scheduling a COVID-19 test less stressful for Rhode Islanders, our testing team has expanded the availability of appointments and made it so people who have symptoms or who may have been exposed to COVID-19 can now self-schedule a test on portal.ri.gov. Thank you to every Rhode Islander who has been doing their part to help us crush COVID here in the Ocean State.