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School Health Reference Guide

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

The Region of Peel School Health Reference Guide is a supplementary resource to relevant Peel and Dufferin-Peel school board policies. Refer to school board policy first if you have questions or concerns.

Childhood Diseases and Illnesses

Measles - Red (Rubeola)
Description/Symptoms
  • Caused by a virus.
  • Begins with high fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes often sensitive to light.
  • Followed in three to seven days by a red blotchy rash usually beginning on the face and lasting four to seven days. There may also be white spots in the mouth (koplik spots).
  • Spread is airborne through droplets from nose and throat.
  • Contagious about four days before the rash appears to four days after the onset of rash.
  • Symptoms usually appear seven to 21 days after exposure.
Instructions for Schools
  • Report immediately to Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700.
  • Child can attend school on the fifth day after the rash appears and if well enough to participate.
  • Persons with incomplete measles immunization or with exemptions to measles vaccine will be excluded from school if a case of measles is identified in the school.
  • Encourage thorough hand washing and respiratory etiquette.
  • Remember to protect the confidentiality of the student by not disclosing a diagnosis to concerned parents and/or colleagues. If contact follow up of those exposed is required, Peel Public Health will contact those who are at risk.
Notes
  • Vaccinations are given as part of the routine childhood immunization schedule. Measles vaccine is given in combination with mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) or mumps, rubella and varicella (chickenpox) vaccine (MMRV).
  • Since 1996, two doses of measles vaccine are required by law for all children attending school in Ontario.

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Peel Public Health is not responsible for the content of the linked websites.


For more information on communicable disease resources and programs,
call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700.(In Caledon, call 905-584-2216.)
 

www.peelregion.ca

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Revised: Tuesday January 12 2016