The University of California administration has toughened its rules for vaccination for the students seeking admission in 2017 against serious infections.
The university officials on Friday announced that the students will not be allowed to get themselves registered for classes in fall 2017 in case they have not vaccinated against diseases such as meningitis, measles, whooping cough and several others.
These vaccine shots will be in addition to the prevailing requirement for the hepatitis B vaccines by the university.
Top UC health official Gina Fleming said the university is issuing 2 1/2 years notice in advance so that the interested students willing to take admissions can be adequately warned as well as have enough time to take the needed steps.
She also said that the university administration was mulling over the serious vaccinations requirement for admission for many years and the announcement is not in light of the recent measles outbreak that has rattled the country with more than 100 confirmed cases this year.
“We want to phase this in so we are very intentional and comprehensive in reaching students prior to putting a hold on their registrations,” said Fleming, medical director for UC Student Health Insurance Plan.
Recalling the 2013 meningitis outbreak at UC Santa Barbara, Fleming said the tragic incident pushed the university to take some more serious steps in checking the spread of communicable diseases.
Four students were sickened, leading to the amputations of legs below the knees of one of the infected students, in the meningitis outbreak in 2013.
Around 10 UC campuses already have requirements for vaccination that go beyond hepatitis B. But the new policy will give a better idea about the necessary vaccinations requirements to all 230,000 UC students.