Measles Information

Update 2/12/15: According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 121 measles cases in 17 states. This includes our state after one case was discovered in Colorado Springs last month.

You are considered protected from measles if you have at least one of the following:

  • written documentation of adequate vaccination:
    • one or more doses of a measles-containing vaccine administered on or after the first birthday for preschool-age children and adults not at high risk
    • two doses of measles-containing vaccine for school-age children and adults at high risk, including college students, healthcare personnel, and international travelers
  • laboratory evidence of immunity
  • laboratory confirmation of measles
  • birth in the United States before 1957

Proof of Vaccination

If you are unsure of your immunity status, we recommend checking with the following to request your vaccination records:

Immunity Testing

Students can get an MMR Titer to test their immunity to measles. This test is available at Wardenburg Health Center.

Cost:
Gold and Campus Care students: Free
Students with private insurance: $38

Vaccine Information

Students can get the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine at Wardenburg Health Center.

Cost:
Gold and Campus Care students: Free
Students with private insurance: $86

About Measles 

Measles is highly contagious and represents a serious health threat, especially to those who are unable to be immunized or those who have chosen to forego vaccination. The incubation period for the illness ranges from 7 to 21 days.

Symptoms include the following:

  • Fever (usually of 101 degrees or more)
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red, inflamed eyes
  • Rash (flat or raised red bumps), typically appearing 2-4 days after onset of above symptoms, often beginning on the face and spreading downward and outward to the hands and feet

In order to protect the entire university community, please be alert to the symptoms listed above in yourself and in others. If you believe you may have measles, please quarantine yourself immediately, neither going to work nor attending classes until you have been cleared to do so by a healthcare professional.
 
For additional questions, call the Medical Clinic at 303-492-5432.