Date of Award


Document Type

Independent Study

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Measles, a word that seemed to be obsolete, has now made a comeback recently in the news with the increase in outbreaks that are becoming apparent in communities throughout the United States. The definition of measles according to Frank Domino MD, editor of The Five Minute Clinical Consult Standard of 2015, is a "highly communicable acute viral illness that is characterized by a maculopapular rash and the classic triad of cough, coryza, and conjunctivitis" (Domino, 2015, p.742). Many individuals in today's society are choosing to not vaccinate their children for religious or their own personal reasons. Schools still require vaccinations with the ability to sign a consent opting to refuse, however, home school children are not pressured by school systems to become vaccinated. With this being said, do non-vaccinated home school children pose a risk to our community? A case study that will be discussed in further detail is about a 9 year old female who has recently moved from California, family has refused vaccinations, child is home schooled, and she presents with classic signs of measles. When it comes to the literature there is a multitude of articles that discuss the risk of non-vaccinated individuals within the community and the harm they pose on others.