Louisville Brings Measles Vaccinations to School
In western Kentucky, the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) began conducting measles vaccination clinics for about 10,000 students this week.
Students at Iroquois High School were offered the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine and the COVID-19 and Flu vaccines.
On January 18, 2023, local media reported additional on-campus measles clinics at Marion C. Moore School on January 25, Newcomer Academy on January 31, and Fern Creek High School on February 7, 2023.
JCPS Health practitioner Angela Hayes informed WLKY, "The U.S. CDC has named Kentucky an at-risk state."
"At this point, we are not excluding students from classes if they are not up to date for their vaccinations," said Hayes.
"However, if there is an outbreak, those 10,000-plus students may have to be excluded from the school for a certain amount of time to help protect them and others."
Measles is an acute viral respiratory illness. It is characterized by a prodrome of fever (as high as 105°F), malaise, cough, coryza, and conjunctivitis, as reported by the Kentucky Board of Health.
Measles is one of the most contagious infectious diseases.
The virus is transmitted by direct contact with infectious droplets or by airborne spread when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes.
The measles virus can remain in the air for up to two hours after an infected person leaves.
The Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government publishes local measles information.
The JCPS's actions relate to the recent measles outbreak in the Columbus, Ohio, area, where about 85 children/students have contracted measles, with over 30 hospitalized.
Both Kentucky and Ohio require most students to be protected against measles before attending classes.
Nationwide, there were a total of 118 measles cases reported by six jurisdictions in 2022. This total increased from 2021 when only 49 measles cases were reported to the U.S. CDC.