Quarantines for Vaccine Preventable Diseases

The “quarantine of susceptible contacts without presumptive evidence of immunity” is a key tool that health experts use to control outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases.

Quarantines were routine in the pre-vaccine era.
Quarantines were routine in the pre-vaccine era.

Once upon a time, it was the only tool.

Quarantines for Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Some examples of quarantine periods include:

In addition to susceptible contacts, during an outbreak, even those who aren’t contacts are sometimes put under quarantine, or at least restricted from going to school.

At least they are if they aren’t naturally immune or haven’t been vaccinated. This is especially common during outbreaks of measles or chicken pox, in which case the quarantine may last much longer than 21 days.

In general, unvaccinated kids will have to stay out of school for at least 21 days after the last case could have been contagious and exposed others.

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