As we inch closer to the start of school, a new concern has school nurses in Kansas talking.
Kathy Hubka, Coordinator of Health Services for Wichita Public Schools, said she's never seen a case of the measles in the school district in the more than 20 years she's worked there.
"I think everyone is hoping that this is not going to be a widespread issue, but I think everyone is prepared," said Hubka.
She said the only students susceptible to the disease are those who are not vaccinated, either because of a religious or medical exemption. If there's a confirmed case of the measles in a Wichita school, those students who are not immune could be sent home for at least 21 days. The more cases that show up at that school, the more time those students would need to be excluded.
"It's not like one day you are out of school for a few days, they could be out of school for weeks and longer," she said. "The virus is there for 10-14 days and nobody knows that it's there. You don't have any symptoms and when you start getting symptoms they are mild. So we could have people at school who could be contagious and not know it because they don't really have symptoms, that's why if a child is not immunized they have to stay out of school so they many not be inadvertently exposed and we not know it."
Hubka said she wants to make sure the school district is proactive, suggesting keeping a separate list available of all students not vaccinated for the measles.
"What I think would be a good idea is to go ahead and run a report of the students who have religious or a medical exemption or who are out of compliance, so we have that list there. So if something comes up we're a little bit ahead of the game."
Hubka said one positive is that school districts have some time to make plans before the school year starts.