• Measles Update - February 5, 2015
     
    We want to assure you that we are closely monitoring updates from the Marin County Public Health office regarding measles. 
     
    We want to thank parents who have gotten their children immunized already.  
    In the table below is listed the percentage of students at each school who are not immunized for measles, according to our school records, as of Feb. 5, 2015.  These numbers are much lower than what is being reported in the news.
     
    School Name                                                       Percent of students not immunized 
    Mill Valley Middle School 2.4
    Old Mill School 1.8
    Park School  3
    Edna Maguire School  3.8
    Tam Valley School  3.6
    Strawberry Point School 2.1
     
     

    We want to share links to help answer questions you may have about measles and the MMR (measles, mumps & *rubella) vaccine:

    (*rubella, also known as German Measles is a separate virus from Measles.)


     

    According to the CDC:

    The symptoms of measles generally appear about seven to 14 days after a person is infected.

    Measles typically begins with:

    • high fever,
    • cough,
    • runny nose (coryza), and
    • red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis).

    Two or three days after symptoms begin, tiny white spots (Koplik spots) may appear inside the mouth.

    Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash breaks out. It usually begins as flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet. Small raised bumps may also appear on top of the flat red spots. The spots may become joined together as they spread from the head to the rest of the body. When the rash appears, a person's fever may spike to more than 104° Fahrenheit.

    After a few days, the fever subsides and the rash fades.

     
    CDC  Frequently Asked Questions about Measles


    Measles can be prevented by the combination vaccine: MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella). In 2005, a combination MMRV (measles-mumps-rubella-varicella) vaccine was licensed.


     How do I get protected against measles? 

    A: You are considered protected from measles if you have written documentation (records) showing at least one of the following:

    • You received two doses of measles-containing vaccine, and you are a(n)-
      • school-aged child (grades K-12)
      • adult who was not vaccinated as a child and will be in a setting that poses a high risk for measles transmission, including students at post-high school education institutions, healthcare personnel, and international travelers.
    • You received one dose of measles-containing vaccine, and you are a(n)-
      • preschool-aged child
      • adult who was not vaccinated as a child and will not be in a high-risk setting for measles transmission.
    • A laboratory confirmed that you had measles at some point in your life.
    • A laboratory confirmed that you are immune to measles.
    • You were born before 1957.
    Where can I get the MMR vaccine?
    • from your doctor
    • from a local pharmacy (for example: Safeway-MMR $79.99, Pharmaca-MMR $110.00 please call your local pharmacy for more details)
    Always send updated vaccine information to your school office.

    Please check the school website for links to more information about vaccinations, the flu and other health concerns.  District Nurse


     

    Please contact the District Nurse, Nancy Nakae RN if you have specific questions or concerns.  She may be reached at nnakae@mvschools.org  or at 415-389-7711 extension 7768.