Measles (Rubeola) Immunity Requirement
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NOTE: Measles records will be processed and measles holds will be released during the breaks between quarters. You may contact us at:
If you need to contact someone urgently on Friday, August 29, email Emily.Gibson@wwu.edu .
Phone: (360) 650-3400
Fax: (360) 650-3883 or (360) 650-4580
Mail: WWU Student Health Center, 516 High Street MS9132, Bellingham, WA 98225
Western has a commitment to the health and safety of all members of our campus community and has implemented a policy requiring proof of measles (rubeola) immunity (POL-U1300.01) for all new students and returning students who haven't yet met the requirement. Any student who does not provide documentation of one of the following to the WWU Student Health Center prior to enrollment will be unable to register for classes or live in on-campus housing.
If you were born on or after January 1, 1957, you MUST complete ONE of the following options below by completing the Measles Immunity Report Form. Persons born prior to January 1, 1957 need not comply with this requirement as you are considered to be naturally immune due to exposure to the disease early in your life.
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- Provide the dates for 2 individual doses of measles (rubeola) vaccine (usually referred to as "MMR vaccine"). The doses must have been given (1) after January 1, 1968, (2) at least 30 days apart, and (3) on or after 12 months of age.
- Provide a copy of evidence of measles (rubeola) immunity by demonstrating high positive antibody levels from a blood test (rubeola titer). We require a copy of the actual rest results.
- Request a waiver from the immunity requirement; allowed for legitimate religious, personal or medical reasons only. Having an approved waiver on file may exclude you from classes and living on campus if an outbreak occurs. To request a waiver from you can call (360) 650-4839 or link to the online Measles Waiver Request Form. The form requires verification from your current health care provider for medical waiver requests. The medical director will review your request and may contact you directly if she has questions.
Be sure you meet this requirement as soon as possible to avoid delay in your registration process!