Regarding the US Measles Outbreak
In light of the recent multi-state measles outbreak in the United States the University of Denver Health and Counseling Center would like to remind students, faculty, and staff of the importance of vaccination.
- The HCC has measles vaccine (it’s called an MMR vaccine that actually has measles, mumps, and rubella all in 1 shot).
- Colorado has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country
- 2014 saw more measles cases nationwide than any year in the past 20, and 2015 is already on record pace
- Measles is a highly contagious, acute viral illness which can cause severe health complications, including pneumonia, encephalitis (brain infection), and death. It is transmitted by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing; infected people are contagious from four days before their rash starts through four days afterwards. After an infected person leaves a location, the virus remains viable for up to two hours on surfaces and in the air. You have a 90% chance of getting it if exposed and not immune.
- If you are not immune to measles and there is an outbreak on campus you will have to leave campus until the outbreak is over (could be 1+ weeks) and not be refunded any tuition.