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    Measles Information for Families and Staff
    Posted on 05/16/2019

    In light of increased measles cases in King County and the closure of nearby schools, we are reminding families and staff of the process we will follow if measles is reported in a school building. We do not currently have any cases in Seattle Public Schools.

    If a case is reported at one of our schools, the King County Department of Health has the authority to exclude the infected student or staff, as well as students and staff who do not have proof of immunizations from school.

    While we do not have any cases of measles reported in our district, we urge families to monitor their children for signs of measles. If you believe your child may have measles, please call their health care provider — do not go in.

    If you must take your child to the emergency room, please call ahead to let them know you are coming and that you suspect measles. If your child has not been fully immunized with the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine, please talk with your health care provider about getting the immunization.

    Measles is extremely contagious, and can be serious, especially for young children. If your child has measles, please keep them home.

    Please note:

    • The measles virus travels through the air. You can get measles if you go near someone who has the virus because the virus stays for up to two hours in the air of a room where a person with measles has been.
    • You can catch measles from an infected person as early as four days before they have a rash and for up to four days after the rash appears.
    • Measles starts with fever, diarrhea, coughing, runny nose, red and watery eyes and tiredness
    • After a few days a rash begins on the face and spreads over entire body.
    • Infection can last 7-10 days
    • Foreign travel or exposure to foreign travelers increases the risk for measles.
    • Almost everyone who has not had the vaccine will get measles if they are exposed to the measles virus.

    More information from the King County Department of Health including translated documents can be found on the King County Public Health measles information webpage. 

    The best protection against measles for yourself and your children is the MMR vaccine. Read about this vaccine on the Washington State Dept. of Health website.

    The MMR vaccine is available from your healthcare provider and for enrolled students at our school-based health centers located at 25 sites.