Measles could prompt county to keep kids out of class


FILE – This Feb. 6, 2015, file photo shows a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine on a countertop at a pediatrics clinic in Greenbrae, Calif. The U.S. has counted more measles cases in the first two months of this year than in all of 2017 _ and part of the rising threat is misinformation that […]

Health officials are working with schools and daycares to identify unvaccinated or under vaccinated students who are at risk of contracting measles.

“By Michigan law, all students are required to be immunized with two doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine or have evidence of having contracted measles,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County. “School exclusion policies will be enforced as necessary to protect the public’s health.”

Parents are encouraged to review their childs vaccination and medical history to make sure they received two does of the MMR vaccine and it is documented on file at their childs school.

If a child is not up-to-date on the vaccine, health officials are strongly recommending that they get vaccinated.

“If your child is not up-to-date on MMR vaccine and a measles exposure occurs at their school or daycare, they will be excluded for up to 21 days from the date of the measles exposure,” Stafford said. “This is how long it may take for measles symptoms to appear after someone is exposed.”

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed two additional measles cases, bringing the state total to 41 for this year.

The newly confirmed cases were in Oakland and Washtenaw counties, bringing the case count to 39 in Oakland County, one in Washtenaw County and one in Wayne County.

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