As you may already know, there have been 2 confirmed cases of measles in the Spencerport School District consisting of siblings who attend Canal View Elementary School. The Monroe County Health Department is involved and the proper precautions are being taken.
Most importantly, your child is considered to be up-to-date with their measles vaccine if:
the child is >12 months & <4 years old and has received the 1st MMR vaccine.
if the child is >4 years old and has received 2 doses of MMR vaccine.
If the above is true for your child(ren), and there has been no known exposure to measles, then the information below is FYI about this very serious illness.
IMPORTANT MEASLES INFORMATION**
**NOTE: If you have chosen to not vaccinate your child(ren) for measles, please read the following information:
– To protect your children and other vulnerable patients in our waiting room, we ask that your children not be brought to our office for the next 3 weeks. If your child has an urgent medical issue that cannot wait, please call and discuss with a nurse so we may make special arrangements to see your child.
– Protection with MMR vaccine now, even after exposure, may prevent or lessen the severity of measles. Please call for a nurse visit if you would like to protect your children from measles.
What is measles?
Measles is a serious respiratory disease that causes a rash and fever. It is very contagious. You can catch it just by being in a room where someone with measles coughed or sneezed.
9 out of 10 unprotected patients will be infected if sharing the same space as someone who has measles.
The air space is contagious up to 2 hours after the ill patient has left the area.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms usually appear about 10 to 12 days after a person is exposed to measles. The first symptoms are usually:
Red watery eyes
Usually appears 2 to 4 days after the fever begins and lasts 5 to 6 days.
Begins at the hairline, moves to the face and neck, down the body and then to the arms and legs.
Small red spots, some of which are slightly raised. Spots and bumps in tight clusters give the skin a splotchy red appearance.