• Nurse Shouse

    VP Healthy Tidbits by Nurse Tess Shouse

    Spring 2023 Edition

    Early in February, the Maricopa Department of Public Health confirmed 2 cases of measles which started
    from an international traveler and recently 5 other exposures have been identified. Measles is a highly
    contagious but preventable disease (1 case is considered an outbreak). Measles spreads easily through
    coughing, sneezing or touching infected surfaces. The virus can remain in the air or on surfaces for
    several hours and can be transmitted to unvaccinated people even after the infected person has left the
    Illness from measles can be severe. About one in five unvaccinated people in the United States who get
    measles is hospitalized, and between 1 and 3 out of every 1,000 children with measles will die from
    measles complications.
    If you think you or your child has been exposed to measles, call your medical provider for instruction on
    how to proceed. Do not expose others by arriving unannounced to your medical provider. Getting
    vaccinated is the best way to prevent measles from spreading. You can protect yourself and your family
    with the safe and highly effective measles (MMR) vaccine. Now is the time for you and your family to
    check and make sure that everyone is up to date with vaccines. Please share with your child’s school any
    vaccines they receive so the school can update records.
    If even one case of measles is diagnosed at the school, non-vaccinated persons will be excluded until the
    Health department says they may return.