USD Student Health Center is monitoring the outbreak closely, and is prepared to respond quickly to any suspicion of Measles on campus. Read more: Measles in San Diego County
Several people in the San Diego area have contracted Measles since December 2014. Most have been traced back to an exposure at Disneyland in mid-December. Measles is a highly contagious viral illness that can lead to serious complications, or (rarely) death. Measles symptoms usually begin 10-12 days (up to 21 days) after exposure. The symptoms are high fever, cough, runny nose, red watery eyes, followed a few days later by a distinct red rash. Fortunately, Measles can be prevented through vaccination. The MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccine is a highly effective vaccine that is a part of the routine childhood vaccine series in the U.S. and most foreign countries. The majority of individuals who contracted Measles in the recent San Diego/Disneyland outbreak were unvaccinated.
The MMR vaccine is required for undergraduate enrollment at USD, so the vast majority of USD students are protected. The MMR vaccine is available at the USD Student Health Center for those who have not received 2 lifetime doses.
If you are concerned about having Measles symptoms, please isolate yourself and call ahead to the SHC and arrange to be evaluated without potentially increasing the spread of infection. Please call (619) 260-4595.
For more information about Measles please visit the CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/measles/index.html
For Urgent Medical Questions contact Public Safety at 619-260-7777 who will contact the On-Call Provider.
Student Health Insurance Plan
All full-time undergraduate and graduate students are REQUIRED to have Health Insurance at the University of San Diego.
- For important enrollment and waiver dates visit the Health Insurance website.
- For benefit and plan information visit Gallagher Student Health Plan.
The USD sponsored policy provides comprehensive care that allows students to waive deductibles if referrals are generated by the Student Health Center.
The Student Health Center is monitoring closely the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) situation in West Africa. At present we feel there is minimal risk to the USD campus community. Please visit Understanding Ebola for more information.
NEW Pre-Approval Requirements for travel to Ebola transmitted countries. Click Here for full details.
Any USD student, faculty, or staff who has traveled to an EVD-affected region (Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea) since the outbreak began is encouraged to Contact Us, to get instructions on self monitoring, self care, and spread prevention.