Updated Feb 23, 2015
Why have I been contacted about measles?
The Princeton Health Department -- upon the recommendation of the New Jersey Department of Health -- is requiring that anyone on campus who may have been exposed prove they are protected against measles.
You were contacted because you were born after Jan. 1, 1957, and were in the same area as the student with measles during the time he was believed to be contagious between Feb. 4 and Feb. 8.
More specifically, you fall into one of these categories:
- Employees in Campus Dining, Building Services, Grounds and Building Maintenance, or Public Safety whose supervisor reported they were in one or more of the buildings that the student with measles visited.
- Employees who records indicate were in one or more of several campus locations visited by the student with measles.
What do I need to do?
The Health Department is requiring that you remain off campus and directing that you quarantine at home until you can prove you are protected. You can prove you are protected by:
- Reporting that you were NOT in any of the locations during the dates and times specified by contacting Employee Health Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-258-5035.
- Getting a blood test to prove you are protected
- Providing records that you had measles in the past; have been vaccinated for measles (the measles vaccine or MMR vaccine); or have had a blood test showing protection against measles (rubeola, not rubella).
Stay in communication with your supervisor on the steps you are taking.
Where can I go to get a blood test?
Despite the general requirement to remain off campus, you may come to campus for a blood test. The tests are being administered at Employee Health Services in McCosh Health Center from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, and Friday, Feb. 20, and from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. No appointment is needed.
You may also get a blood test through your primary care physician.
Will I be charged for the blood test?
There is no charge for you to get the blood test at Employee Health Services.
Once I get tested, may I return to work?
No -- you’ll need to wait for clearance from Employee Health Services based on the results of the blood test. The University is working to expedite results, but it may take two business days or longer for results to be provided.
How do I find the records that prove I am protected against measles?
You may be able to obtain the required immunization records from a number of sources. They include:
Your primary care physician or obstetrician
School or college records
Previous employment records.
Documentation may be:
Faxed to Employee Health Services at 609-258-0976
Emailed to email@example.com
Brought to Employee Health Services in McCosh Health Center.
I believe I am protected but can’t find the records. Is my word good enough to allow me to return to work?
No. The municipal Health Department requires that you provide documentation with specific dates on which immunizations were administered.
How long must I wait to return to work?
Until you can prove you are protected, the Health Department requires that you not be on campus and directs you to quarantine at home. The length of quarantine depends on when you may have been exposed, but could extend as late as March 2. (Check with Employee Health Services to verify your return date.)
How will I know that I can return to work?
Employee Health will ask you for the best way to contact you and will use this means of contact to inform you that you are cleared to return to work. In most cases, they will also notify your supervisor, but you are encouraged to let your supervisor about the clearance.
What happens if I don’t produce records or get a blood test?
You must remain off campus. If proof is not submitted, the University is required to notify the Princeton Health Department. Local health officials may contact you and likely will take action to quarantine you.
Why don’t people born before 1957 have to prove they are protected?
People born before Jan. 1, 1957, lived during the era when measles were common. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention consider them immune to the disease.
What do I do if my blood test shows that I am not protected against measles?
If you are not protected, you must stay home until March 2 or until the return-to-work date provided by Employee Health. You are encouraged to see your primary healthcare provider to get the measles vaccine. The vaccine will not offer you protection against this particular potential exposure, but can protect you in the event of future exposures.
Now that the case of suspected measles has been confirmed, are additional precautions or actions necessary?
No. Following the guidance and requirements of state and municipal health officials, the University has been taking steps based on the presumption that the case would be confirmed. No new measures are recommended.
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