Measles on campus: check your vaccine history

Written by Noah Abbott |

On Friday 29th March, a case of Measles was reported on campus, and an email sent to all students warning them of the potential dangers.

Falmouth & Exeter students have been warned: get yourselves vaccinated against Measles

Measles is an incredibly infectious disease which can cause serious damage to a person’s health, and even prove fatal.

The Vice Chancellor of Falmouth’s office is urging all students to make sure they have received the two doses of MMR necessary to prevent the contraction of the disease.

Symptoms of Measles include normal cold symptoms – runny nose and fever – but also red eyes which can turn sore.

After a few days, infectious persons will develop a rash that begins around the neck and spreads throughout the body.

Measles is particularly dangerous because it can lead to further complications in the lungs (pneumonia), and with the brain (encephalitus).

It is particularly dangerous to children and people whose immune systems have been compromised.

It’s vital, if you notice any possible symptoms of the disease, that you isolate yourself…

The disease is spread through the droplets released by the coughing and sneezing of an infected person.

It’s vital, if you notice any possible symptoms of the disease, that you isolate yourself, particularly staying out of large gatherings and classes.

Your local GP should have record of your vaccine history and can check whether or not you’ve had the two preventative doses of MMR.

The vaccine is not dangerous and there is no harm in getting an extra dose.

If you cannot get the MMR jab, and are in immediate risk of contracting the disease there is another way to prevent the contraction of the disease: Normal Human Immunoglobulin is a treatment which uses antibodies to fight infections. You can read more about getting the MMR vaccine here.

Don’t be fooled by what you might see or read on social media about the MMR vaccine, it is completely safe and has been continually tested for side-effects.

A doctor prepares the MMR jab | Flickr

Certain segments of society have pulled nonsense about the Measles vaccine out of thin air, and spread the lie that it can cause autism in children.

This argument has been completely disproved by health organizations around the world. debunks eight myths negatively effecting immunization and vaccination.

Don’t put yourself and others at risk. Get the vaccine and live a healthier, safer life. For more information about Measles and the MMR vaccine visit: