From the School Nurse – Measles

February 2019


Dear Parents and Guardians, 

The disease Measles was declared eliminated in the United States in the year 2000. Scattered outbreaks have occurred in recent years. The CDC has reported measles cases are currently occurring in ten States. The Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District would like to take this opportunity to provide some information about measles and how to prevent it. 

Measles is a viral infection that causes fever, cough, a rash, sore eyes, and can lead to serious complications. Measles spreads very easily, so it is important to protect against infection. Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent measles. 

Two doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine provide the best protection against disease. These doses must be separate by at least 28 days. MMR vaccine is routinely recommended between 12-15 months and the second dose before entering school, at 4-6 years. 

Waivers to the school requirements are available for religious, health, and personal conviction reasons. In the event of a Measles outbreak, students with waivers may be excluded from school until the outbreak is declared “over”.  As a school district, we would be working with the Trempealeau County Health Officer to determine this timeline. 

If your child does develop a rash with a fever, they should not attend school and you should call your health care provider. It is important to call the clinic or hospital before taking your child in. Please remember – the best way to protect your child is to ensure they have had two doses of the MMR immunization. For more information on measles, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/measles/. 

Click here for Measles Handout from WI Department of Health Services

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