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SDSU Division of Student Affairs

Health Updates for the SDSU Community

January 23, 2015

Student Health Services (SHS)
 works to optimize the health of all SDSU students and inform the campus of important health information. Given the recent news about outbreaks of infectious illnesses, SHS is informing the campus community of the ways in which people can reduce the chances of becoming sick with influenza, measles, meningococcus, and pertussis.

SHS offers vaccines to students for influenza (flu), measles, meningcoccus meningitis and pertussis (whooping cough), and offers the flu vaccine to faculty and staff.

In addition to vaccines against these infections, SHS offers many other vaccines, including vaccines to help prevent HPV genital warts and cervical cancer, chickenpox, hepatitis and other illnesses people may be exposed to when traveling. Information on the cost of some vaccines is listed at the end of this message and more information can be obtained by contacting SHS. 

Please note the following important information on illnesses significantly impacting the local community:


Severe Flu Season in Progress

This winter promises to be a severe flu season. Flu is widespread throughout much of the country, and cases are rapidly increasing in San Diego. You may have heard that this year’s influenza vaccine is not a perfect match for all strains of this year’s virus, but it is still highly recommended for everyone over six months of age as it provides some protection. Influenza vaccine is available at SHS. For additional information on how to protect yourself from flu and care for yourself if you become ill, see or call 619-594-4325, then press "6" and then "1."


Measles In San Diego

The California Department of Public Health has reported that 13 San Diego residents have been diagnosed with measles since January 6, and there are 46 cases elsewhere in California, seven cases in four other states and one in Mexico. Nearly 50 of these cases have been linked to an exposure at Disneyland between December 17 and 20, 2014.

Many of the individuals who contracted measles were not immunized and may have exposed others in the following locations:

  • Parkway Plaza Mall in El Cajon, Dec. 29 between 10 am and 2 pm, especially in or around GameStop, Sunglasses Hut and the carousel in the mall 
  • Ice-Plex Escondido, 555 N Tulip Street, Escondido, on Dec. 30 from 8 to 10:30 pm 
  • Sharp-Rees-Steely Urgent Care Clinic, 5525 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, on Jan. 3 between 10:30 am and 1:30 pm and Jan. 14 from noon until the clinic was closed at 1 pm 
  • Regal Carlsbad 12, 2501 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, on Jan. 6 from 9:30 pm to 1:30 am 
  • Absolute Personal Fitness, 2000 Main Street, Julian, on Jan. 9 between 5 and 7 pm 
  • Julian Fitness Center, 2216 Main Street, Julian, on Jan. 9 between 5 and 7 pm
  • Phil's BBQ, 579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, on Jan. 11 from 2 to 5 pm 
  • City of San Diego Operations building, 1222 First Avenue, San Diego, on Jan. 12 from 6:30 am to 4 pm, Jan. 13 from 9 am to 4:30 pm, and Jan. 14 from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm  
  • Trader Joes, 5495 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, on Jan. 12 between 4 and 7 pm 
  • Albertsons, 7660 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, on Jan. 13 from 6 am to 5 pm 
  • Rite Aid Pharmacy, 1665 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, on Jan. 13 between 4 and 7 pm 
  • Sprouts Farmers Market, 471 College Blvd, Oceanside, on Jan. 14 from 4 to 7 pm 
  • CVS Pharmacy, 2760 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon, on Jan 14 from 4 to 7 pm  
  • Vons, 2800 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon on Jan. 14 from 4 to 7 pm 
  • Vista Community Clinic, 1000 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, on Jan. 16 from 11 am to 5:30 pm 

Measles illness usually develops 10-12 days (but up to 21 days) after an exposure. The illness is typically marked by fever, runny nose, cough, “pink eyes,” and then a red, blotchy rash.

While SDSU students are required to provide proof of at least one measles immunization (typically given in an MMR, or measles, mumps, rubella vaccination), two doses of MMR are recommended. If a student needs a MMR vaccination, it is available at SHS.

If you are concerned you might have measles, call SHS at 619-594-4325. Do not come to the health center or go to class unless instructed. Measles is highly contagious and you could infect others by going out in public. For more on measles, visit the CDC's web pages on measles


Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccines Available

In October 2014, a SDSU student died of a meningitis infection caused by a specific strain of meningococcus bacteria called serogroup B. The serogroup B strain was not covered by Menactra and other meningococcal vaccines available in October as those provide protection against serogroups A, C, Y and W-135, but not B.

Since then, a new vaccine specifically designed to prevent serogroup B meningococcal disease (Trumenba), was released for people 10 to 25 years old. Some people may have received the A/C/Y/W-135 vaccine during their teen years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends students consider the Menactra vaccination if they are a first year college student living in a residence hall, especially if the student received only one dose or if the second dose received was more than five years ago.

The CDC does not currently recommend Trumenba immunization for all students, even if there has been a single case of meningitis on a campus, but students may want to consider this vaccine for additional protection. For more on meningococcal disease, visit the CDC's web pages on meningococcal disease.   


Pertussis (Whooping Cough) at Epidemic Level

California is in the midst of a pertussis epidemic and San Diego is experiencing levels significantly higher than state averages. This infection results in a persistent, annoying cough in adults, but it can be fatal in some who are infected, particularly infants. One dose of tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis vaccine (Tdap) is routinely given at age 11 or 12.

People who did not get Tdap at that age, or after, should get it as soon as possible. All women, irrespective of their immunization history, should be immunized with Tdap between 27-36 weeks of pregnancy. A single dose of Tdap is recommended for health care personnel who have not previously received Tdap as an adult and who have direct patient contact. SHS offers Tdap immunizations. For more on pertussis, visit the CDC's web pages on pertussis


Immunizations at SHS

These immunizations are available at Student Health Services for the specified costs: 

  • Influenza (flu) - $15 for a single dose
  • Trumenba (meningococcal serogroup B) - $120 for each of three doses
  • Menactra (meningococcal serogroups A/C/Y/W-135) - $91 for a single dose
  • Tdap - $38 for a single dose
  • MMR - $50 for a single dose

For more information, or to make an immunization appointment, call SHS at 619-594-4325 and press “1” or, if you’re a student, you can also go online and make an appointment through the HealtheConnect, SHS's web portal.