Important Measles Information

(January 31, 2019) Due to the numerous cases of measles in southwest Washington and one case (as of January 30, 2019) in Multnomah County, Oregon, the University Health Center encourages students who have not had the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine or do not have proven immunity to get vaccinated. Please note the following:

  • Measles vaccination for college students is required in the state of Oregon (Oregon Administrative Rule 333-050-0130).
  • The University of Oregon requires that all students provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella or sign a waiver. This can be accomplished in one of three ways:
    • Two doses of the MMR vaccine or two doses of individual measles and mumps vaccines and one dose of rubella vaccine; the first dose of MMR or individual measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines must be on or after age 1; or
    • A titer (blood test) showing immunity; or 
    • A birthdate prior to 1957
  • While the UO has a high vaccine coverage rate for MMR, UHC encourages students who have not yet received the vaccine to obtain the vaccine.
  • The MMR vaccine is available at UHC for a charge, and within the community at pharmacies and medical practices. Call ahead to confirm that the vaccine is available.

Frequently Asked Questions by Students

Q: If I have not had any MMR vaccines, can I obtain the vaccine and meet the UO requirements?

A: Yes, and you must have two doses of the MMR vaccine, per the UO requirements. The interval (period of time) between doses is 28 days. 

Q: I have not received any MMR vaccines; can I get one and be fine?

A: No. Two doses of the MMR vaccine are required. 

Q: If I have signed a waiver for the MMR vaccine, can I continue to attend class if there is an outbreak of measles or mumps on campus?

A: It depends. If an outbreak of measles or mumps is declared at the UO by the Public Health Department, and you are not fully vaccinated (two doses of the MMR vaccine) or do not have proof of immunity via blood test, then the health department may direct you to not return to campus until the outbreak is over or until you have been able to meet requirements that they determine.

Q: How long does it take for the vaccine to give me immunity?

A: It takes two doses of the MMR vaccine to be considered immune. There is a 28-day interval between doses.  

Q: If pharmacies around town are running low on the vaccine, where else can I get one?

A: Students can make an appointment to receive the MMR vaccine at UHC for a charge. MMR vaccine also is available at certain medical practices. Call ahead to confirm that the vaccine is available.

Measles is a highly contagious, serious viral disease. For more information visit the websites for Oregon Health Authority or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Contact UHC at 541-346-2770 if you have any questions.