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Summer camps prepare to open amid measles outbreak

May 24, 2019 1:15 pm
Rick Karlin is reporting for the Times Union the state Health Department has "strongly recommended" that anyone attending or working a summer camp this year be vaccinated against the measles. The advice comes amid a record outbreak of the highly contagious respiratory disease. There are warnings that if cases at or near a camp are reported, officials could force a quarantine and require unvaccinated kids or counselors to go home. “Have people been reaching out? Absolutely. Everyone is wondering what we are going to do,” said Alicia Skovera, president of the state Camp Directors Organization. “You have some decisions to make,” Skovera is telling camp owners. Some are requiring proof of vaccinations from campers, while others are making sure that in addition to campers, their counselors and other employees provide detailed information on their immunization history. New York state is the epicenter of a national measles outbreak, with more than 800 cases reported since last October. Nationwide, close to 900 cases have been recorded in 24 states, as of May 17, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The state requires summer camps to maintain health and vaccination records for their campers, but vaccines are not required. Read the full story in the Times Union.