Information on Illnesses

​Influenza/Pertussis (Information just below.)

Influenza/Pertussis


It is the start of flu season and whooping cough is still present throughout the state. Please review the following attachments about flu facts and whooping cough facts. You are able to obtain a flu shot through your primary physician, local area pharmacies and public health. Adult booster doses of whooping cough in the form of a Tdap immunization are also available through your primary care physician or through the campus health office by appointment and for a fee of $33.

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Please visit the following websites for the most accurate and up to date health information:


 

Measles


Please read the below press release from the Iowa Department of Health (IDPH).

There has been a confirmed case of measles in the Metro area. If you visited the below listed restaurant locations on the dates listed during the specified time frame please be aware if you start to notice the following signs and symptoms- fever, cough, red/pink eyes, runny nose and/or a rash. This is a good reminder to check your immunization record with your health care provider to make sure you are up to date on your immunizations. If you aren't feeling well and were exposed during the listed dates/times, even if you question your signs and symptoms, stay at home and call your physician or health care facility first, this includes Campus Health. If you have any questions call Campus Health at ext. 6352. You can also visit the IDPH website for more information-https://www.idph.iowa.gov/cade/disease-information/measles​​

Measles Exposures in Des Moines Metro -  4/23/2018

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has informed the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) of a confirmed measles case who exposed Iowans to the highly contagious disease at locations in Des Moines and Ankeny. The infectious individual from Missouri traveled through Iowa and visited the following locations. Anyone who was in the locations at the referenced dates and times was exposed to measles.

Friday, April 13
8:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Hardees (excluding the drive-through)
3621 Merle Hay Rd.
Des Moines, Iowa

Monday, April 16
Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Panera Bread
2310 SE Delaware Avenue
Ankeny, Iowa​

If you were at the places during the times listed above, it is too late to receive preventive measures; therefore, if you have any symptoms consistent with measles (fever, cough, red/pink eyes, runny nose and/or a rash), call your health care provider immediately and arrange to be seen safely. Do not go to the doctor's office, ER, local public health agency or a walk-in clinic until arrangements are made to be seen by your health care provider in a place and manner that will not potentially expose others to measles. Until arrangements are made, stay home; do not go into any public places.

Measles is easily spread through the air and there is no treatment for the illness, so prevention is critical. “Unfortunately, this situation is a great example of why all Iowans should check their personal and family immunization records to make sure their measles vaccinations are up-to-date," said IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. “Since it is too late to prevent these exposed people from coming down with measles, they could become ill and start spreading the disease any day now. That is why is it so important that anyone who has not received two doses of measles vaccine go in and get vaccinated today. That way if they are exposed in the next month or so when they go about their normal activities, they will be protected." 

Symptoms of Measles: 

The symptoms of measles typically appear 7 to 21 days after exposure to measles and include:

  • Fever
  • Red, runny eyes (conjunctivitis)
  • Rash (starts on the face, than spreads to body and limbs)
  • Small white spots inside cheeks
  • Runny nose
  • Sensitivity to light

Children can be inconsolable.  Other severe complications can include: diarrhea, pneumonia (the most common cause of death for youth children) and encephalitis (an inflammation of the lining around the brain).

Protection for Adults: 

Adults should know and have documentation of their MMR vaccination or immunity status.  MMR vaccination recommendations are detailed below.  All adults should check with their health care provider to make sure they have one of the following:

  • Two MMR vaccinations
  • Lab confirmed evidence of immunity (blood test)
  • Proof of prior illness with measles

Controlling the Spread of Measles:

The vaccination or immunity status of anyone with a potential exposure to measles will be verified by public health. (This information is gathered from the CDC and IDPH websites and communication updates.)

Please contact IDPH immediately to report all suspected measles cases. To reach IDPH during business hours call 800-362-2736 and after hours call 515-323-4360 (the Iowa State Patrol will contact the person on call).

What are the MMR vaccination requirements for Iowa colleges?

Iowa law does not address measles vaccination requirements for Iowa college students or staff. However, many colleges have policies requiring vaccinations for entry, including the large universities in Iowa. Not all DMACC students are required to have or show proof of immunizations. If you have a question regarding your immunity or immunization status please contact your primary physician to discuss your immunization/disease history. If you aren't feeling well or notice signs and symptoms that you are questioning-contact your primary care provider prior to going in for evaluation. Campus Health is receiving updates regularly from the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). Check the IDPH website to review the most up to date information and recommendations.


 

Mumps


What are the MMR-(Measles/Mumps/Rubella) vaccination requirements for Iowa colleges?

Iowa law does not address measles vaccination requirements for Iowa college students or staff. However, many colleges have policies requiring vaccinations for entry, including the large universities in Iowa. Not all DMACC students are required to have or show proof of immunizations. If you have a question regarding your immunity or immunization status please contact your primary physician to discuss your immunization/disease history. If you aren't feeling well or notice signs and symptoms that you are questioning-contact your primary care provider prior to going in for evaluation. Campus Health is receiving updates regularly from the Iowa Dept. of Public Health. You may also log onto this website to review the most up to date information and recommendations.

 

Meningitis


The State of Iowa requires that all colleges and universities provide information on the meningitis vaccination to incoming students. If you will be living in campus owned housing, it is recommended by the CDC that you receive this vaccination. This vaccination is not required, but it is recommended.

More information on vaccination: