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College Closing at 5 pm (2/11)

Mercy College of Health Sciences will close today, February 11, at 5 p.m. Classes are anticipated to resume Tuesday, February 12 as regularly scheduled. To learn more about our closing policy, click here.

Iowa Vaccination Exemptions and the Risk of a Measles Outbreak

According to the Centers for Disease Control (2019) Measles, (also known as rubeola) is a highly communicable viral disease characterized by fever, cough, inflammation of the mucus membranes and a maculopapular (red raised bump skin rash). It usually occurs in people who have not had the disease before or who have not had the vaccine.  Prior to the vaccine becoming available in 1963, nearly all children contracted measles, with hundreds dying from the disease and more than 3 million people a year becoming infected. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (2019) the best way to prevent the disease is by getting the vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that all children aged 12 months and 4 years of age get the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR). Iowa state Laws require a Certificate of Immunization, or a Provisional Certificate of Immunization to be provided to licensed child care centers and schools by the first day of attendance.