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Florida College measles case puts students in isolation

Events at the Temple Terrace school for the first week of February have been canceled
The Florida Department of Health recommends that anyone older than 12 months receive the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine for protection. Since January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 940 individual cases of measles in 26 states, the largest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1994. [Associated Press]
The Florida Department of Health recommends that anyone older than 12 months receive the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine for protection. Since January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 940 individual cases of measles in 26 states, the largest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1994. [Associated Press]
Published Jan. 28

After a case of measles was discovered at Florida College, the Temple Terrace school is isolating students who can’t prove they were vaccinated, according to the college’s website.

The Florida College Lectures and parents weekend, which take place in late January and early February, were both canceled. Information on other events will come soon.

Students who can’t prove immunization are being isolated, which was recommended by the Florida Department of Health, according to the website.

Those students will be brought four meals to their dorm each day and have once-a-day nurse check ups. The college is accommodating for classes missed.

The college said there has only been a single case of the measles but that they are being cautious.

Adam Olson, the Chief Advancement Officer of Florida College, wrote in an email that “Florida College has been working closely with the health department to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, staff, community and guests.”

The Florida Department of Health has said there is only one case of measles being investigated in the county this year. The person is an adult man who recently traveled to South America. Department of Health officials say the best way to prevent measles is being vaccinated.

Vaccines are free for people age 18 and younger. For adults, the vaccine costs $91 and can be received at the Department of Health in Hillsborough County’s immunization clinic.

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