U-CF cautions over measles

The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District has issued the following advisory regarding measles:

The recent cases of measles around the nation have created concern in our own community. At this time, there have been no cases in U-CFSD or Chester County. However we want to share information about the policies and procedures for vaccinations and what will happen if there is a case.

As outlined in § 23.83 of The Pennsylvania Code students must be immunized against measles (and other diseases). Approximately 97 percent of U-CFSD students have received all required vaccinations.

The Pennsylvania Code does provide several exemptions to this requirement in §23.84. In the event of a case of measles there are specific protocols for any student who has not been vaccinated. These parents will receive notification requiring that their children be kept home for 14 days. A student who is not properly immunized for measles would be excluded from school until immunized or for 14 days after the last reported case in that school.

The best preparation for any scenario is knowledge. Below are links with detailed information about measles.

The CDC: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/measles/faqs-dis-vac-risks.htm

The Mayo Clinic: www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/measles/basics/risk-factors/con-20019675

Chester County Health Department: www.chesco.org/index.aspx?nid=359

The best things about U-CFSD are the people in it — especially the students — and we do our best to keep them safe at all times. The good health and wellbeing of your children is always first and foremost. Towards that end we will make sure you are apprised of anything that could impact them.

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