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The school nurses would like to inform and reassure parents that we are tracking any and all symptoms that may be related to the recent multi-state outbreak of measles. To date there have been no reported cases in Massachusetts. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention believes it is likely that a visitor who was infected with measles visited a theme park on the West Coast during their infectious period.
Measles is a disease caused by a virus. It may present as cold or flu symptoms at first. A few days later a red blotchy rash starts on the face, and then spreads to the body. It is most dangerous for children under the age of 5 and those with a weakened immune system.
All school age children in Massachusetts are required to have 2 doses of the MMR (Mumps, Measles and Rubella) vaccine to attend. The first dose should not be given before the child’s first birthday. The second dose is required before the child starts kindergarten.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact your childs’s pediatrician.