Students who don't meet Health Department requirements for measles immunization will be able to end the school year early with full credit, Carbon County officials said Wednesday.
The decision was made because of the short time remaining in the school year, said Superintendent Ell Sorenson. He estimated that about 40 to 60 students are in this category.A measles outbreak began early in May in Carbon and Emery counties. Some new cases have been reported each day, but Robert Furlow, director of the Southeastern Utah Health District, said he doesn't believe there are more than 25 to 30 cases in Carbon and Emery counties.
Earlier this week school district officials checked rec-ords at each school. Parents of students who received immunization shots before the age of 1 were instructed to have the students revaccinated. About 75 Carbon High School students were sent home until they received the shots.
Furlow said his office has been busier than any time since he assumed his post nine years ago. He said about 300 measles immunization shots have been given during the past two or three days.
An immunization clinic is open from 3 to 5 p.m. each day in the Health Department office at 6 E. Main, Price. In Castle Dale, a clinic is open from 9 a.m. until noon each Monday. Those who cannot meet these schedules may make other arrangements by calling 381-2252 in Castle Dale or 637-6540 in Price.