I am writing to update you on the communication last week concerning a confirmed case of measles in a Rensselaer student. The affected student is at home, doing fine, and expected to make a full recovery. No additional cases or suspected cases of measles have been reported on campus.
Since the announcement last week, the 15 Rensselaer students who were known to be unimmunized against measles have either had their first vaccine or are now excluded from campus. A smaller number of other students, who still needed to received their second MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine, have done so and are now compliant with the Institute’s vaccination requirements.
Any faculty or staff who were born after January 1, 1957, and are uncertain of their immunization history or immune status, should check immediately with their primary care physician. You can have a booster MMR vaccine or have a measles titer drawn by your physician to ensure immunity to measles. Any faculty and staff born before January 1, 1957 are considered immune
The Rensselaer Health Center is in daily contact with state health officials, and continues to monitor the situation closely. Please contact the Health Center at 518-276-6287 if you have further questions or concerns.
Leslie S. Lawrence, MD
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute