29 Jan 2015

A California school district will release 66 students from a Riverside County high school by the end of the school day because they have not received immunization for measles

Nearly 70 students from a Riverside County, Calif., high school will miss up to seven days of classes because they haven't been immunized for measles.
Since the 66 Palm Desert High School students haven't been immunized, they need to avoid classes until Feb. 9 unless they confirm they've received immunization or show proof of resistance as determined by a Titer test, according to the Desert Sands Unified School District
Health officials throughout the country have been concerned about a measles outbreak tied to Disneyland and Disneyland California Adventure in Anaheim, Calif., before Christmas.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 68 people from 11 states reported to have measles, as of Jan. 23. Most of the cases were tied to the Disneyland outbreak.
In 2014, the CDC reports there were 644 cases from 27 states. That is the largest number of cases since measles elimination was documented in the U.S. in 2000.
And in Arizona, health officials believe a woman who has recently been diagnosed with measles may have exposed as many as 195 children at a children's center to the disease.
Earlier this month, health officials in Orange County, Calif., where Disneyland is located, told 24 unvaccinated students to stay home for three weeks — the incubation period for measles — after learning that an infected student attended Huntington Beach High School. 
Health officials checked all students' immunization status Tuesday after a girl was sent home Monday because of a suspected case of measles. She was later cleared to return to class Tuesday.
The 66 students didn't need to be quarantined, but they couldn't leave campus until their parents arrived to take them home.
"We need to arrange for parents to make that kind of transportation arrangement," said district spokeswoman Mary Perry. "You can't send them to the door and make them leave."
Several students said Wednesday that they weren't worried about catching the measles since they were already immunized. However, they said they felt bad for the students who were sent home.
"It's the start of a second semester. This is not a good time to be missing school," said freshman Michael Wallace.
There haven't been any reports of possible cases of measles elsewhere and "at this point, all efforts are focused on the high school," Perry said.
It wasn't immediately clear, however, why the students weren't immunized.


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