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Measles Information

What is Measles (Rubeola)?

  • Highly contagious viral infection 
  • Spreads from person to person 
  • A person with measles can spread the disease to others 1-2 days before they have any symptoms. 
  • If you haven’t been immunized against measles, you can become infected if you werin contact with the virus 

If you think that you or someone you know has measles, contact Student Health Services by phone right away (626-395-6393).

If you are a student, tell Student Health Services that you might have measles before you go in, so they can take steps to prevent exposure of measles to other patients and staff. 

If you are a faculty or staff member, please call your medical provider prior to coming to work.

Symptoms

People with measles usually have the following symptoms:
  • High fever (over 101°F) 
  • Cough 
  • Runny nose 
  • Red, watery eyes 
  • 3-5 days after the fever starts, rash begins on the face and spreads to the rest of the body 

If you think that you or someone you know has measles, contact Student Health Services by phone right away (626-395-6393). 

If you are a student, tell Student Health Services that you might have measles before you go in, so they can take steps to prevent exposure of measles to other patients and staff. 

If you are a faculty or staff member, please call your medical provider prior to coming to work.

Transmission: How Does Measles Spread?

  • Measles is extremely contagious and can be spread to others even before someone has symptoms.  
  • The measles virus can live in the air for up to two hours after someone coughs or sneezes, making that airspace and surfaces around it infectious. 
  • Please check the LA County Public Health press releases for the most up-to-date information on possible measles exposure locations in LA county. 

How To Protect Yourself

  • Get the MMR vaccine 
  • If you have not received 2 doses of the MMR vaccine, you are NOT considered fully immunized. Public health officials urge anyone who isn't fully immunized against measles to get fully vaccinated with two doses of the immunization. 
  • If you don’t know your vaccination status, contact your doctor who has previously administered your vaccinations or the local Department of Public Health where you went to high school.
  • View the CDC MMR Vaccine Information Statement
  • MMR Vaccine Historic Information - Quick history of the vaccine and age-by-age vaccination guide

Think You Have Measles?

If you think that you or someone you know has measles, contact Student Health Services by phone right away (626-395-6393). 

If you are a student, tell Student Health Services that you might have measles before you go in, so they can take steps to prevent exposure of measles to other patients and staff. 

If you are a faculty or staff member, please call your medical provider prior to coming to work.

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