Washington County Department of Health and Human Services has shared the following information regarding the measles outbreak in Clark County, Washington. As a precautionary measure, we are sharing this information with you to keep you informed of what would happen at your child's school if there is a confirmed case of measles.
Measles is highly contagious. If a case is confirmed in a school or child care center, the health department will review all staff and student vaccination records to determine the risk of further spread.
Keeping children in school/childcare is a priority, but measles is a serious disease. If an unvaccinated person is exposed to measles, they will not be allowed to go to school or child care during the time period when they could become sick, usually for 21 days after exposure. This may be extended if there are more measles cases.
People excluded from school or childcare after a measles exposure are asked to stay home to avoid exposing others in the community.
Now is a great time for all families, teachers, and school administrators to review their vaccine records and get their vaccines up to date.