Amid national measles outbreak, Haywood County updates protocol for unvaccinated students


Haywood County Schools is updating their protocol in regards to students who are not vaccinated against measles, which would result in unvaccinated students being removed from the school if another student is diagnosed with the disease.

"If a measles case is identified among Haywood County Schools’ students during the 2019-20 school year, the diagnosed student will be removed from school based upon recommendations from the attending physician and public health officials," a news release from the school said on Wednesday. "Additionally, any students who do not have valid documented measles vaccinations will be removed from the diagnosed student’s school."

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), no cases of measles have been identified in North Carolina in 2019; however, outbreaks have recently been reported in Georgia and Tennessee.

School officials said that they have been collaborating with public health officials who are monitoring the measles outbreak across the country.

The official press release also states that the CDC recommends that “Persons who continue to be exempted from or who refuse measles vaccination should be excluded from school, childcare, or other institutions until 21 days after rash onset in the last case of measles.”

The release further states that approximately 60 students in Haywood County Schools do not have valid documentation of measles vaccinations.

View the statement from Haywood County Schools here.