There is current measles activity occurring in Washington state. To date, there have been no cases in Snohomish county; 41 cases of measles are confirmed in Clark County and one in King County.
Measles is highly contagious before the rash starts and before the person realizes they are sick. It is transmitted when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes and can stay in the air for up to 2 hours. Individuals who are not vaccinated are at risk; this includes children under 12 months of age who are too young to receive the vaccine.
At this time, no exclusion of unvaccinated children is necessary. It is a good time to review immunization forms for those children in your care and make sure that you have a current list of children who are unvaccinated due to exemptions.
If you would like more information about measles or have questions about reviewing immunization records, please give our program a call at 425.252.5415.