Concerned About Measles?

April 26, 2019

Concerned about measles?While there are no cases of measles at UCSC, other UC campus have had recent measles cases. The UCSC Student Health Center monitors all patients for measles and other communicable diseases. If we were to find measles on campus, we would notify the UCSC community immediately and work with our local Health Department to prevent the disease from spreading.

The best way to prevent measles is to make sure you’ve had your MMR vaccinations. This vaccine is very effective at preventing measles. Find out if you have had your vaccines now! You will want your immunization records. You might have these records in a yellow card, in primary care provider records, or even on your school transcripts. In the event of a measles outbreak you could be required to show us these records in order to attend classes.

Yellow card showing immunizations, immunization record showing immunization

If you haven't had the MMR vaccination, contact the Student Health Center at 831-459-2500 or your healthcare provider to get your immunization. Most insurance plans, including UC SHIP, pay 100% for vaccination costs.

If you think you’ve been vaccinated but don’t have records, you can get “titers” to determine your immunity. Titers are blood tests that indicate a person’s immune status. The test results will show if you are immune to measles. The Student Health Center can do titers for you. The costs for titers depends on whether you have UC SHIP insurance. If the tests shows a person is not immune, we can give them vaccinations.

If you are (or will be) travelling internationally, make sure you're up to date on your vaccinations, including the MMR vaccination.

Learn more about measles at the CDC’s website. If you suspect you have measles, stay home so you don’t infect other people. Call the Student Health Center at 831-459-2500 or your healthcare provider right away.

Thank you for helping to keep the UCSC campus healthy!