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Measles Symptoms and Prevention

February 5, 2019 – West Ada School District is in communication with Central District Health Department learning about and educating staff and families on measles symptoms and prevention. At this time, there are no known cases of measles in Idaho.

 

Please review the material provided by Central District Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

"Measles" according to Central District Health Department:

Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. It's followed by a rash that spreads over the body. Measles virus is highly contagious virus and spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. Measles can be prevented with the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

 

The measles outbreak in neighboring areas of Washington and Oregon is ongoing. Public Health urges anyone who has been exposed and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room. People who believe they have symptoms of measles should not go directly to medical offices, urgent care centers or emergency departments (unless experiencing a medical emergency) without calling in advance.

 

CDHD encourages people to check their immunization records and those of their children to ensure they are up-to-date on their MMR vaccine.

 

"Top 4 Things Parents Need to Know about Measles" according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention