Anyone who is not a Lowell CHC patient but who was present in the health center pharmacy, lobby, pediatrics department or lab between the hours of 12:53 p.m. and 5:22 p.m. on November 8 should promptly contact their primary care doctor to determine if they should be tested and vaccinated. Testing and vaccination for these individuals is also available at the health center, located at 161 Jackson Street in Lowell. The City of Lowell Health Department and Lowell General Hospital are working with Lowell CHC to provide testing and vaccines.
In addition, young infants, pregnant women, those with severe vaccine allergies and those who are immunocompromised should talk to their doctor about whether additional prevention steps are necessary. The Department of Public Health is working to identify any exposure the individual might have had outside of Lowell CHC.
Those who were not previously vaccinated and were exposed but opt not to be to vaccinated must exclude themselves from public activities, including work or school, from day five through day 21 of exposure, to avoid spreading the disease.
For information about testing and immunization, call Lowell Community Health Center at 978.937.9700. For information about measles, the public may call their primary care doctor, the Lowell City Health Department at 978.674.4010 during regular business hours, or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Division of Epidemiology and Immunization at 617. 983.6800 (24 hours a day).
About Lowell Community Health Center:
Founded in 1970, Lowell Community Health Center provide “caring, quality, and culturally appropriate health services to the people of Greater Lowell, regardless of their financial status.” Almost 80% of those served by Lowell CHC live below the federal poverty level, and close to half are best served in a language other than English. For information, visit www.lchealth.org or call 978.746.7891.