A case of measles has been reported in Iowa. This is the first case in our state since 2011 and is a good reminder to make sure that your family's vaccines are up to date. The measles vaccine is highly effective (the patient with measles was not vaccinated) and all school-aged children should have two MMR doses by the time they start kindergarten.
If a case of measles is identified in one our schools, public health officials will require all unvaccinated students and staff assigned to that school to remain at home until 21 days after their last possible exposure to measles. This is a state health decision, and not one controlled by the school or the district. Please make sure your family is protected.