UC will require measles vaccination for incoming students

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SAN DIEGO -- The University of California announced Friday that it would require incoming students to be vaccinated for the measles, as well as other diseases.

The announcement comes as the nation is dealing with an outbreak of the highly contagious disease that has left more than 100 people ill, Los Angeles Times reported. The outbreak began at Disneyland in December and has since spread.

"The University of California will require incoming students to be screened for tuberculosis and vaccinated for measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, meningococcus, tetanus and whooping cough, under a plan set to take effect in 2017," the UC said in a statement. "Currently, the UC system only requires students to be vaccinated against hepatitis B, though several campuses have additional requirements."

UC officials said the new policy has been in the works for a year.

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