Medical Alert, 2019 Conference

   Medical Alert from the Medical & Scientific Advisory Board of SOFT:
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For all those families planning on attending the 2019 SOFT Conference in Ann Arbor, there is a measles outbreak in the Ann Arbor and Detroit areas.
For the safety of all, SOFT’s Medical & Scientific Advisory Board recommends that all parents check with their primary care professionals to make sure that immunizations are up to date and in particular the MMR (for measles).

This suggestion would apply to all SOFT children, SOFT adults, and sibs. It would also apply to adults attending the Conference and to those living in or traveling to any affected areas.

We do recommend that children with trisomy 13, trisomy 18, and related disorders receive routine immunizations just as other children (unless there is a specific medical indication that warrants the prevention of the administration of routine immunizations).
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 Here are the CDC Guidelines for Travelers to outbreak areas, which may be of assistance to you and your health care professionals. 

  • Infants 6 months through 11 months of age should receive one dose of MMR vaccine.
  • Children 12 months of age and older should receive two doses of MMR vaccine separated by at least 28 days.
  • Teenagers and adults who do not have evidence of immunity* against measles should get two doses of MMR vaccine separated by at least 28 days.

† Infants who get one dose of MMR vaccine before their first birthday should get two more doses (one dose at 12 through 15 months of age and another dose at least 28 days later).

* Acceptable presumptive evidence of immunity against measles includes at least one of the following: written documentation of adequate vaccination, laboratory evidence of immunity, laboratory confirmation of measles, or birth in the United States before 1957.