Officials with Temple University Student Health Services has been notified that several Temple students have tested positive for mumps. Local media reports the number of cases stand at 7.
Director Student and Employee Health Services, Mark Denys, MHA, BS, RN writes– The most important step for community members is to be aware of the symptoms and take steps to keep you and others healthy.
Overall management for mumps is similar to that of chicken pox. There is no treatment, only relief of symptoms. Take Motrin or Tylenol for fever and swelling, drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of rest. One of the most important steps you can take if you experience symptoms is to self-isolate, avoid travel and limit contact with others for 5 days from the onset of symptoms. For healthy people, there is very little risk of serious complications from the mumps.
The recommendation is for those who have not had the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine and have had close contact with a symptomatic person to receive the two-dose series of the vaccine. If you have received the vaccine, the recommendation is for you to receive a third dose. If you are immunocompromised or pregnant, please contact your doctor immediately.
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