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Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp attends the Class of 1972 50-year reunion in Kyle Field on April 20, 2022.
A&M System’s Title IX director suspended after supporting Biden's Title IX changes
Nicholas Gutteridge, Managing Editor • May 23, 2024
Texas A&M utility Gavin Grahovac (9) throws the ball during A&Ms game against Georgia on Friday, April 26, 2024, at Olsen Field. (CJ Smith/The Battalion)
Southern slugfest
Shalina Sabih, Sports Writer • May 23, 2024

The No. 3 Texas A&M baseball team took on No. 1 Tennessee Thursday at 1 p.m. at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Alabama. Despite its...

Texas A&M pitcher Evan Aschenbeck (53) reacts after throwing the final strike out during Texas A&M’s game against Mississippi State on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at Olsen Field. (Chris Swann/ The Battalion)
Down but not out
May 23, 2024
Beekeeper Shelby Dittman scoops bees back into their hive during a visit on Friday, April 5, 2024. (Kyle Heise/The Battalion)
Bee-hind the scenes
Shalina Sabih, Sports Writer • May 1, 2024

The speakers turn on. Static clicks. And a voice reads “Your starting lineup for the Texas A&M Aggies is …” Spectators hear that...

Kennedy White, 19, sits for a portrait in the sweats she wore the night of her alleged assault inside the Y.M.C.A building that holds Texas A&M’s Title IX offices in College Station, Texas on Feb. 16, 2024 (Ishika Samant/The Battalion).
'I was terrified'
April 25, 2024
Scenes from 74
Scenes from '74
April 25, 2024
Farewell from the graduating Battalion staff of 2024
Farewell from the graduating Battalion staff of 2024
The Battalion May 4, 2024

Vaccine refusal drives measles outbreak

Graphic by Nic Tan

The number of non-medical vaccine exemptions has risen from less than 5,000 in 2003 to nearly 45,000 in 2015.

Customers who visited Chuy’s in College Station on March 29 are advised to continue checking for measles symptoms until Sunday, according to the Indiana State Department of Health
On March 29, a person from Indiana who had the disease went to the restaurant on Harvey Road, potentially infecting others. 
As of April 5, there have been 15 confirmed cases of measles in Texas. Also known as rubeola, the measles is described by the Texas Department of State Health Services as “a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing.” By increasing MMR vaccinations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were able to eliminate measles in 2000, meaning there was more than a year without continuous disease transmission. 
However, Arizona, California, Kentucky, New York, Oregon and Washington are just some of the states that have reported cases this year.
Alistair McGregor, associate professor of microbial pathogenesis and immunology, said there has been a notable increase in reported cases of measles in the country.
“Nationally, in the U.S, the trend is obviously upwards,” McGregor said. “And it’s more than likely due to an influx of people coming into the country, or visiting, who actually are carrying the virus. And then we have a situation now with a growing number of people who haven’t been vaccinated against measles, so there is this potential for a highly contagious virus spreading. Measles virus is one of the most effective viruses around.”
Mary Parrish, a health educator at the Brazos County Health District, said cases in Houston, central and north Texas could be a concern for the Brazos County community.
“We are seeing trends that show that where people are not vaccinating, that’s where the majority of measles cases are,” Parrish said. “There definitely is a threat, but if people vaccinate, there is nothing to worry about. The main concern is for children who are not vaccinated and also for young adults who work with small children who have lost their immunity from the MMR vaccine.”
Kathryn Bannon, patient services manager at Student Health Services, said students can receive the MMR vaccine on campus for $96, and anyone who is concerned about whether their vaccine is active can be offered the MMR titer test to check immunity.

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