The mumps outbreak linked to Temple University in Philadelphia has seen 11 confirmed and 17 probable cases since the initial report earlier this month.
The outbreak has prompted school officials to take steps to update its immunization policy for prematriculation to require the following: two doses—Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine; two doses—Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine; and one dose within 10 years—Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine.
Student Health Services continues to educate the campus community and identifying individuals who have been in close contact with symptomatic individuals.
If you have had close contact with someone symptomatic for the mumps, and have never received the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine, the recommendation is to receive the full two-dose MMR series.
If you have had close contact with someone symptomatic for the mumps, and have previously received the MMR vaccine, the recommendation is to receive a third booster dose of the vaccine. The third booster dose is not recommended unless you have had close contact with a symptomatic person.
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