Important Information About the Measles

It is important to note that there have been increased incidence of measles outbreaks internationally, in the US, and recently in the New York City area.  

Incoming Students:

It is mandated by New York State Public Health Law 2165 and NYU Policy that all NYU students* prove their immunity to measles, mumps, rubella (MMR). NYU Policy requires that all students comply with this requirement prior to arriving on campus or risk being de-enrolled from NYU.

Details regarding the health and immunization requirements can be found in the Next Stop NYU: Health Requirements.  

*Taking 6 credits are more in a degree or non-degree program

Current Students:

If you have not received the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine due to a medical or religious exemption and you would like to be vaccinated at this time or would like to discuss whether to be vaccinated, please call the SHC at (212) 443-1000. If you develop the symptoms noted below or have had known contact with someone with measles, please call the Student Health Center at (212) 443-1000 and ask to speak with a nurse.


Vaccination is the best way to prevent measles. Anyone who has received two doses of a measles-containing vaccine is considered immune and highly unlikely to get measles.  

Anyone who is unvaccinated is at increased risk of getting measles if they are exposed. Please note that if we have an outbreak of measles at NYU and you are not vaccinated, you may be excluded from campus.

About the Measles

Measles is a highly contagious virus that causes fever and a rash. Anyone who has not been vaccinated can get it at any age. It is spread through the air when an infected person sneezes or coughs. The virus remains active and contagious in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours. Symptoms usually appear 10 to 12 days after exposure to the virus. In some cases, symptoms may start as early as seven days or as late as 21 days.

Early symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red, watery eyes

Three to five days after initial symptoms, a rash of red spots appears on the face then spreads over the entire body. A person will be contagious four days before the rash appears and four days after the rash appears. Anyone can become infected with measles, but the virus is more severe in infants, pregnant women, and people whose immune systems are weak.

Complications of measles include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Ear infection
  • Pneumonia (infection of the lungs)
  • Encephalitis (swelling of the brain)
  • Premature birth or low-birth-weight in pregnancy
  • Death