MMR vaccination is the best protection against measles and mumps.
Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. It’s followed by a rash that spreads over the body. Measles is highly contagious and spreads through coughing and sneezing. Most people recover completely however, some people may suffer from severe complications, such as pneumonia (infection of the lungs) and encephalitis (swelling of the brain). They may need to be hospitalized and could die. Mumps is a highly contagious viral illness. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite and swelling of the cheeks and jaw. Mumps is generally a mild disease but in its most serious form can lead to significant complications, including infertility in males.
How to Protect Yourself and Our Community
Fortunately, there are things that you can do right now to protect yourself and our community. It is very important that your immunizations are up-to-date. Please review your vaccination records and if you have not had two measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines after one year of age, make arrangements to see your primary care physician. Vaccines are also available through Habif Health and Wellness Center. In most cases the cost of this vaccine will be covered by insurance.
Your Immunization Status
It is important for Habif to know if you are immune to measles and mumps if an outbreak occurs on our campus. Immunity will be assumed if you have had two MMR vaccinations after one year of age.
Please take the time to update your immunization status through the patient portal. Once inside the portal, choose “Forms” to access the Entrance Medical Requirements page. Choose the “Immunization Page” link to access the form. To print a copy of your immunizations on record, choose the “Immunizations” link in the portal. If you think you have already completed this form, please log into the portal, choose “Forms” and view items not yet submitted, which will display as a link with a status of “Not Yet Complete”. Completed items will display a checkmark and a completed date.
If you are unable to obtain your vaccination records, you can make an appointment for another vaccination, or a blood test to see if you are already immune. The blood test may be covered by insurance, but you will need to verify this with your insurance provider.
In the event of an outbreak, those without demonstrated immunity may be asked to leave campus.