Purdue warns students without measles immunization

February 9, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University is sending emails to 972 students warning them that they have until March 12 to show documentation of their measles immunization, as required by state regulations.

After that, a hold will be placed on their academic records and they will not be able to register for classes, said James Westman, director of the Student Health Center. The action follows reports from the Indiana Department of Health of an outbreak of measles in the Indianapolis Super Bowl Village last weekend. 

"This should be particularly concerning to students who are not yet compliant with immunization regulations," Westman said. "Should a confirmed case of measles be reported on the Purdue West Lafayette campus, all students who are not compliant and do not show a measles immunity will be excluded from attending classes and other campus activities for the duration of any potential outbreak, which is no less than seven days and possibly more than 21 days.

"This exclusion would be enforced for the safety of all students. It is extremely important for the health of the campus and your academic endeavors that you attend to any deficiency of immunizations immediately."

The vaccinations have a 30-day window before you can be considered compliant, he said. For more information, call 765-494-1837 or visit the Student Health Center, Room 136.