Several Indiana School Districts have experienced outbreaks of chickenpox and measles in the past few years. During these outbreaks, both students and staff were required to provide proof that they were immune or had been properly vaccinated against the disease causing the outbreak. An outbreak is defined as a single case of measles.
To avoid the possibility that you could be excluded from work during an outbreak, please consider contacting your healthcare provider to verify your immunization history or to request appropriate laboratory testing. Your provider can also direct you to a location where you can receive the appropriate immunizations. If you are unable to contact your healthcare provider, you may also contact the Floyd County Health department to obtain an order for the titer or to obtain the vaccination.
The CDC guidelines used during an outbreak that would verify your immunity or vaccine status are the following:
Measles and Mumps - Adults born before 1957 are likely to have had measles and/or mumps disease as a child, and do not need to present any additional documentation for proof of immunity. Adults born in or after 1957 should also have documentation of 2 live measles, 2 live mumps or 2 doses of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. If a vaccine record is not available, a single blood test called a “titer” can be drawn to verify immunity status to measles and mumps. The titer will detect the presence of IgG antibody levels in the blood which indicate a history of effective vaccination or previous exposure to the disease.
Varicella (“chicken pox”) – Most adults born before 1980 are likely to have had chickenpox during their life-time; no additional documentation is needed. For adults born in or after 1980, we ask that you report the month & year that you had disease. Two doses of varicella vaccine are recommended for all individuals who do not have a history of disease. Laboratory testing following varicella vaccination is not recommended.
At this time, there are currently no cases in the Indiana.
For more information on vaccine-preventable disease you may visit the website for the Indiana
Immunization Coalition (IIC) at: http://www.vaccinateindiana.org/diseaseinfo. You may also contact the Indiana State Department of Health Immunization Program at 1-800-701-0704 for more information. Locally, you can contact the Floyd County Health department for additional information, a titer prescription to take your insurance preferred laboratory, and/or to schedule a vaccination, please call 812-948-4726.
We thank you for helping us be proactive and keeping our school community healthy!
Thomas M. Harris, MD, FACEP
Floyd County Health Officer