As reported in the news, there is a measles outbreak in Los Angeles County. Our Health Center is prepared to counter this by awareness and prevention.
The virus is spread easily through air, and can cause serious illness, even death, especially in pregnant women, kids under five-years-old, adults over 20 years-old, and those who have weakened immune systems.
Individuals presumed to be immune to measles are those who have had two measles vaccines (or two MMR vaccines) given after their first birthday, and Americans born before 1957.
If you do not know your measles vaccine statue, request a blood test/titer - called a measles IgG - from your primary care provider.
If you are a student you can request a measles blood test/titer for $15 (cash only) from the Student Health Center. Please call for an appointment at (626) 914-8671.
For additional information on measles in Los Angeles County, you can access the following websites:
Department of Public Health: Measles Outbreak
Centers for Disease Control and Prevetion: Measles