DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – This week the United States hit a milestone – the most confirmed measles cases in 25 years with still eight months to go in 2019.
Then, hundreds of college students at two Southern California universities found themselves under quarantine because of possible measles exposure.READ MORE: Affidavit: Accused Serial Killer Jason Thornburg Says Slayings Were Human Sacrifices
âI am immunized because Iâd rather not get sick with measles,â Katie Pauss, a sophomore at the University of Texas at Dallas, said. âI think most of the measles outbreaks, the people getting measles, is a lot of people who just donât understand how immunology works.â
Itâs a view not everyone at her university shares, but many North Texas college students are wondering what the requirements are when it comes to the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.
In North Texas, CBS 11 found Southern Methodist University and Texas Christian University both require it. The University of North Texas and The University of Texas at Dallas recommend it, but do not require it.
âI think now they should change their mind on that,â Pauss said.READ MORE: Tarrant County Issues 90-Day Burning Ban Due To Drought Conditions In Unincorporated Areas
When it comes to school-aged children -Texas is one of 18 states that allows parents to opt out of the MMR shots for non-medical reasons.
A study by the Public Library of Science Journal of Medicine looked at the areas with the highest exemptions. Among them – both Tarrant and Collin County. Specifically, Fort Worth and Plano.
These “hot spots” as the study calls them could be vulnerable to contagious diseases like the measles.
Since the California measles scare, the Any Lab Test Now! laboratory in Dallas has been seeing a spike in college students testing to see if theyâre immune to the disease.
âThere are people that had had the immunization years ago just rechecking them selves to make sure theyâre OK,â lab manager Sharon Harper said. âThey are just concerned.âMORE NEWS: Gang Member, North Texas Sex Offender Added To State's 10 Most Wanted Lists
Harperâs lab can only test if you have built up an immunity to measles. She said if you do decide you need a vaccination, that will have to be done in a clinic or doctor’s office.