California Department of Public Health declares measles outbreak over

The spread of measles that has been hanging over California’s shoulder for the past five months came to a close last week. Dr. Michael Carbuto, the head physician at Student Health Services in California State University, Long Beach, said that he expects that the university will be more stringent with its students’ immunization statuses.  “We already put a registration hold on students who aren’t up-to-date on their vaccines,” Carbuto said. “It’s more of an administration thing, but we’ll probably send out more information to persuade students to get vaccinated.” SHS saw a similar lack of response from students during the outbreak. Carbuto said that five students came in with concerns that they had been exposed to or contracted measles, but that none of them had the disease. “The level of concern [among students] was low because [the student who contracted measles] was such an isolated incident,” Carbuto said. Carbuto said that the CSULB student who contracted measles had recovered and returned to school by the time the initial email notice was sent out to students in January. Kandi Dubrall, the immunization coordinator at SHS said that two students came in to receive measles, mumps and rubella vaccines during the outbreak.

By | 2015-04-30T12:53:13-07:00 Apr 23, 2015 | 8:57 am|Categories: Campus, News, Today|Tags: , , , , |

CSULB international students are provided with health services

Over 100 international students received vaccines and other services from Student Health Services in California State University, Long Beach’s University Student Union ballrooms on Tuesday. The American Language Institution, a department that offers English Language programs on campus, organized an immunization clinic for international students. Sean Cochren, Associate Director for ALI, said the immunization clinic was organized to help answer any questions international students have about their vaccination records. “ALI students are part of the college community and need certain immunizations that are required by the school,” Cochren said. “This is helpful to have because they have large amounts of questions and records and sometimes don’t speak very well English, so we try to help and facilitate their needs.” The services at the immunization clinic included checking vaccination records and administering vaccinations on site if necessary, said Kandi Dubrall, a licensed vocational nurse and Clinical Coordinator for Student Health Services. Dubrall said one of the most challenging issues for both international students and nurses at the immunization clinic was translating the student’s vaccination records. “The year requirements for vaccinations in some countries are different, so the records have to be translated into English year requirements,” Dubrall said. “If the years

By | 2015-02-05T12:43:01-07:00 Feb 4, 2015 | 1:00 am|Categories: News, Showcase|Tags: , , , , , |

Anti-vaccine movement to blame for recent measles outbreak in California

A growing movement of misinformed parents who refuse to vaccinate their children has caused the recent outbreak of Measles, a virus which was once considered eliminated in the United States. It started in mid-December when an outbreak occurred at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Since the theme park attracts guests from around the world, including countries where vaccination rates are not as high, it was the perfect incubator for measles. According to the New York Times, 102 people have been infected nationwide so far this year, and it is expected to spread among those who still haven’t received the vaccine. At the onset of the new millennium, the fact that the United States had eradicated measles was the culmination of a vaccination program that was released to the general public in 1963. Prior to this, measles was an extremely common illness, as it still is in the rest of the world. According to the Center for Disease Control, by 1960, over 750,000 U. S. residents were hit by the virus, and between 1956 and 1960, there was an average death rate of about 400 people per year. However, the U.S. can no longer say that it is measles free. Even within

By | 2015-02-05T13:01:17-07:00 Feb 3, 2015 | 9:10 pm|Categories: Columns, Opinions|Tags: , , , |

Long Beach in recovery from measles

Amid the recent, statewide measles outbreak, a California State University, Long Beach student is one of two confirmed cases in the city, and both patients are in recovery. Campus officials announced the confirmation of the student’s measles on Wednesday morning in an email that was sent to students and faculty. The email indicated that the relatively small number of people who were exposed to this student during winter break have already been informed and advised of how to respond. CSULB requires that all students to show proof of immunization against measles. Students are allowed to opt out for religious reasons or medical conditions that prevent vaccination, as stated in the CSU Executive Order No. 803 Immunization Requirement originally implemented in 2002. “My mom, [my] whole [life] only practiced eastern medicine, you know only take you to the western doctor for an emergency or something like that,” Branden Raulston, a senior journalism major said. “So you know she claimed that as her reason for [me] not needing immunization and [the public school system] would essentially allow [me] not to do it.” A California outbreak of measles originating from Disneyland surfaced between Dec. 15 and Dec. 20, 2014. It spread into six

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