Fall 2019 Update: Monitoring Measles

Columbia Health
August 30, 2019

As the new academic year arrives, Columbia Health continues to monitor the measles outbreak impacting New York City, other parts of the U.S., and a number of countries around the world.  At this time there is no known identified risk to members of the Columbia University community. 

The best way for members of the campus community to be protected is to have received 2 doses of the MMR vaccine; with the first dose given after the first birthday and the second dose at least 28 days later.  The broader community is protected when all eligible member of community are properly vaccinated, extending some protection to those with medical conditions that limit or prevent vaccination.

Students with specific concerns are encouraged to talk with a provider at Columbia Health Medical Services or their primary care provider.  Spouses and partners of students enrolled in the Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan can also talk with providers at Medical Services.  Faculty, staff, and visitors with concerns should reach out to their primary care provider. 

We will continue to monitor the ongoing situation and provide updates to the University community as needed. 

Learn more about measles and how to protect yourself and your community via the following resources:


Be Well,

Columbia Health