Public Health


Measles is a highly contagious virus that can live for up to two hours in the air. It can spread to others through coughing and sneezing and if someone touches an infected surface and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth. Infected people can spread measles to others from four days before or four days after symptoms appear.


The best way to protect yourself and members of your community from Measles is vaccination. The MMR vaccine to prevent measles, which is usually given during childhood, is 97% effective.

For the safey of our campus, measles immunization has been a long-standing requirement for all students. If you have not uploaded proof of vaccination, please do so using the Bearcats Health App.

UC students can call University Health Services at 513-556-2564, option 2, to schedule an appointment to get a MMR vaccine.


Measles symptoms appear 7 to 14 days after contact. Symptoms include:

  • High fever (as high as 104 to 105 degrees)
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Rash that appears 3 to 5 days after the first symptoms (immunocompromised individuals may not develop a rash)

If you have been exposed to someone with Measles or have symptoms, contact your healthcare provider immediately.