June 5, 2014

Employees urged to check measles vaccine status

So far this year, 288 cases of measles have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including some cases in Tennessee. This is the largest number of measles cases in the United States for the first five months of any year since 1994.

The increase in measles cases is being driven by unvaccinated people, primarily U.S. residents, who traveled and got measles in other countries, brought the virus back to the United States and spread it to others in communities where many people are not vaccinated.

Measles is a highly contagious and serious disease. Vanderbilt Health and Wellness urges employees to please check their Health & Wellness Portal to confirm that they are up to date with measles vaccinations.

Those who are not up to date with this vaccination can walk into Occupational Health any time Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to receive the vaccine.