Long Beach State issued an email en masse to all faculty, staff, and students warning them of the risks of going without their measles vaccination, April 12.
The warning was in response to the seven confirmed measles cases reported in Southern California. The Long Beach Health Department reported the first measles case in the city since 2015, Saturday.
The email, which contained information on the current high risk of measles, urged students to contact the Student Health Services if they experience cold symptoms, as they are often the same as those of the measles.
University of California, Los Angeles as well as California State University, Los Angeles put hundreds of students in quarantine after it was discovered that there may have been exposure to the virus on the campuses.
LBSU peer health educator Cassandra Cabading reiterated it was important for those on campus to get themselves up to date on their vaccinations or to get checked out at Student Health Services on campus.
“It is free for all student at CSULB so they should definitely come in,” Cabading said.
The Orange County Health Care Agency recently confirmed their first case of the ongoing nationwide outbreak after a resident had exposure to the virus at an AMC movie theatre in Fullerton.
“There was a recent outbreak in Orange County, so we’re actually going to be [checking-up] more on the vaccination and the titers that we offer here for students,” Cabading said,“just so they can get that out of the way to prevent themselves from getting infected.”
Additionally, LBSU has taken precaution by putting holds on some students fall 2019 registration until they can confirm their proof of vaccinations.
The mass email emphasized that the university “strongly encourage[s] all CSULB students, faculty, and staff to ensure that they are properly immunized against measles for the safety and well-being of our campus community.”