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Volume 59 Number 9 SUNY College of Technology at Farmingdale February 3, 1988
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Swift Action After Measles Scare
By Hernnan J. Asides
Rambler Staff Writer
Last December one Farmingdale student
contracted measles. As a precautionary measure,
a free immunization program was initiated.
On December 6th, a 19 year old female
commuter student contracted measles. She was
diagnosed by her personal physician who noti-fied
the Suffolk County Board of Health, which
in turn contacted Farmingdale. Upon notifica-tion,
College administration sent warning no-tices
to the student's classmates and instructors.
Immediately afterwards, notices were sent to all
students informing them of the symptoms and
consequences of measles.
Vaccines and some assistance were pro-vided
by the Suffolk County Board of Health.
They are three-in-one shots effective against
measles, mumps and rubella. The program was
coordinated by Dean Rodriguez.
The inoculations which took place most
visibly in the Loft Lounge of Roosevelt Hall
during registration were considered to be very
successful. 963 students and staff members were
vaccinated. The vaccine is still available in the
infirmary for free from 10 am till noon Mondays
to Fridays. These vaccines would normally cost
about 18 dollars.
There are some people who should not
receive the vaccine, and some people may expe-rience
mild side effects. However, those cases
It is believed that the student was exposed
to the disease while in Manhattan during the
Thanksgiving holidays. She has since made a
complete recovery. No other cases have been
v a c c i n a t i o n I I ^^
"We are going to have trouble with this student!"
reported on campus.
The symptoms of measles are: coughs, a
runny nose, eye irritation, fever and a rash. It can
cause pneumonia, encephalitis and, in some cases,
Measles, once a fairly common disease,
is now very rare. Only 4 cases have been reported
on Long Island since September of 1988. Many
people who thought they were immune may find
that they are not. It has been discovered that
children who received the vaccine before the age
of 15 months may not have developed the neces-sary
antibodies and are advised to get a booster
This is Herman J. Asides second semester
with the Rambler. He currently is involved with
the Rampage Section, writing the Purple Squir-rel
He likes fish.