Currently, measles and mumps outbreaks are affecting college campuses and communities across the United States and worldwide. The result of these outbreaks are the quarantine of hundreds of people.

For students who have submitted an exemption for the vaccine requirement for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), we want to take this opportunity to remind you of the following:

  • If cases of measles or mumps occur on CSU’s campus and your immunity to these diseases is unknown, you could be quarantined from campus for your own protection for three weeks or longer.
  • If you are not allowed to be on campus due to your unknown immunity status, missing classes for three weeks or more may have implications regarding tuition or academic progress. Whether or not absences are excused would be determined at that time, based on circumstances of the outbreak.
  • If you decide to wait until an outbreak occurs to receive the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, you will be considered susceptible to infection for 21 days following the first dose and would still be quarantined and unable to enter an outbreak area for three weeks.
  • Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent the spread of these highly-contagious diseases. Vaccines reduce the risk to your own health and well-being while also protecting members of our community who are medically unable to receive certain vaccines. Infants and pregnant women, for example, cannot receive the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. Learn more about the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.
  • As the semester comes to a close, you may be preparing for summer travel throughout the United States and abroad. It is important to think about the risk of exposure to measles and other vaccine-preventable illnesses that you may encounter during your travels.
How to Get Vaccinated

The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is a covered benefit under most health insurance plans, including the CSU-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). This means there is likely no additional out-of-pocket cost for you to receive the vaccine under most health insurance plans.

You can receive the vaccine at CSU Health Network Immunizations Department, located on the second floor of CSU Health and Medical Center or you can check with you regular care provider. You can also talk with our immunizations staff about laboratory testing to prove immunity, your exemption status, or other questions you may have about the vaccines. Please call (970) 491-7121 to make an appointment.