Emily DroobyJan 17, 2018, 8:10 pmJan 18, 2018, 4:54 pm

Newark doctor explains how to stay healthy amid measles and flu activity

Dr. Christian Engel suggests a good rule of thumb is to stay away from the items everyone touches

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NEWARK — A measles case at Newark Airport and a bad flu season, led FiOS1 News to speak with Dr. Christian Engel from Newark Beth Israel Medical Center to understand the scares a little bit better.

Starting with measles, New Jersey issued a warning for anyone who was at Newark Airport on Jan. 2 from 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Dr. Engle says anyone who fits that bill needs to be hyper-vigilant.

"It's very easy to pass measles from one person to another. So, if you are exposed to a measles patient and haven't been vaccinated, you could potentially be up to 90 percent likely to get measles," said Dr. Engel. “The flu is a concern this year because we think it's going to be a moderately severe flu season. The reason for this is that our vaccine isn't greatly matched with one of the flu types.”

Dr. Engle suggests being careful when in crowded places like airports.

"The airport is a place that many of us need to go, but the quicker we move through and the more we keep our hands to ourselves the better," says Dr. Engle.

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