Information you should know if there is a case of measles at a Mukilteo school.
There has been an outbreak of measles in Washington, including one case in Snohomish County. While there have not been any cases detected so far in our school district, we have been notified by the Snohomish Health District that, should there be an outbreak at one of our schools, officials at the health district have the authority to exclude from attending that school any students or staff members who have not been immunized against measles.
If your child has not received any MMR vaccines or has had only one dose of MMR, he or she would be excluded from attending school until the outbreak at the school has been declared over.
If your child has had two doses of MMR or MMRV, he or she is up to date with required measles vaccination and can attend as school as usual and long as you have submitted the proper documentation to the school or school district. Acceptable forms of documentation may be provided through any of the following:
- A record of two (2) measles vaccinations with a live measles virus-containing vaccine that is verified by a licensed health care provider.
- A letter from a licensed health care provider that documents infection with and full recovery from previous measles illness.
- A letter from a licensed health care provider that confirms a blood test or serology showing measles immunity.
According to the Snohomish Health District, symptoms of measles generally appear about 7 to 14 days after a person is infected, but may be up to 21 days after exposure. Measles typically begins with high fever, cough, runny nose, and red watery eyes. Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash appears on the face and spreads downward on the body.
You can protect yourself and your family by ensuring everyone has been vaccinated, by staying away from people who are sick, by washing your hands frequently, and by calling your health provider if there is any exposure to a person with measles.
Visit the Snohomish Health District website for more information about measles or for updates on the measles outbreak.