What is Measles?

Measles is a highly contagious disease that causes rash and fever. It spreads when a person with measles breathes out, coughs, or sneezes. Measles can live in the air for up to 2 hours after an infected person has been present. Measles can be especially dangerous, specifically for babies and young children. The best way to protect yourself is through vaccination.

What will happens if my child's school reports a case of Measles?

  • Exclusion will be initiated by the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department
  • Exclusion will be building based
  • All un or under-immunized staff, students, and volunteers will be excluded
  • Time frame will be determined by the Health Department and will be a minimum of 21 days per case.