NAU health professionals recommend measles vaccines

Measles vaccine being administered

Recent occurrences of measles in 14 states, including Arizona, have prompted Northern Arizona University to ask faculty and staff to take the necessary precautions to decrease the threat of a measles outbreak before it starts.

There are no measles cases on campus, but Campus Health Services is recommending that all faculty and staff ensure they have been immunized or receive a vaccination through their provider or during an upcoming measles clinic at the Health and Learning Center.

The clinic is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, in HLC room 2402, second floor. Bring your insurance card. Vaccinations also can be scheduled by appointment. It is safe to get the measles vaccine a second time if you are unsure if you have been immunized.

Measles is a highly contagious disease that was eliminated from the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. However, the number of measles cases in the country has been growing since 2008.

Campus Health Services has prepared a list of frequently asked questions for anyone seeking details about the disease.