Precautions Regarding Measles Outbreak

As you may have heard in the news, two new cases of measles were confirmed at high schools in Bothell and Issaquah last week. The measles virus is extremely contagious, and can be dangerous, especially for young children. The virus can survive in a room for up to two hours after an infected person leaves. If exposed to the virus, anyone who is not immune is likely to get measles.

At this time, there have been no reported cases of measles at the College. However, as a general precaution, we are asking Shoreline students and employees to be aware of the symptoms and make sure you have received the vaccination.

  • If you have been exposed to measles and feel ill, stay home to help prevent the spread of the disease and contact your healthcare provider. If you don’t have a healthcare provider, call your local health department. If you need help getting access to health care, call the Family Health Hotline at 1-800-322-2588.
  • If you have not received a measles vaccination (part of the MMR vaccine), public health officials are encouraging you to do so now. Not only does a vaccination protect you, but it will also help protect those who are at highest risk of contracting the disease.
  • You can learn more about measles prevention via the WA Department of Health.

Thank you for your help in making sure our campus community stays healthy and safe!

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