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Reminder: University of the Pacific requires students to have two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine

While there are no confirmed cases in Stockton or at the university, we want to proactively prepare our community members and advise about steps you can take to protect yourself, your loved ones and the Pacific community
Apr 8, 2019

Two doses of the MMR vaccine are about 97% effective at preventing measles. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from Jan. 1 to March 28, 2019, 387 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 15 states. This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000. California is one of the states identified.

For California updates and information please visit the California Department of Public Health measles information webpage.

Recommendations:

  • If you are not protected, get the MMR vaccination as soon as possible. While not perfect, a single dose of the vaccine is 93 percent effective in protecting against measles; two doses are 97 percent effective. 
  • Importantly, getting even just the first dose of the vaccine now will prevent you from being excluded from the university, should a measles case be discovered here
  • Students can get the vaccine for a discounted fee from Student Health Services located in the Cowell Wellness Building.

For questions about University of the Pacific student health services and university immunization requirements, contact Dayna Cerruti-Barbero, director of Student Health Services in Student Life at 209.946.7473 or dcerrutibarbero@pacific.edu.

   

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