By NewsDesk   @bactiman63

In a follow-up on the mumps outbreak at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, state health officials have reported 32 confirmed cases since Sept. 1. This has prompted the Arkansas Department of Health to issue a public health directive requiring all university employees on the Fayetteville campus to be up-to-date with their measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccinations by Monday, Jan. 13, 2020.

Infographic aimed at college students depicting symptoms of mumps and steps they can take to protect themselves.

As directed by the Arkansas Department of Health: All employees born ON or AFTER Jan. 1, 1957, are required to submit documentation of MMR vaccination to the Arkansas Department of Health. Employees who do not have that documentation will need to receive the MMR vaccine series before Jan. 13, 2020. All faculty and staff who fall under this Arkansas Department of Health directive have been emailed details of what is required and how to submit the required documentation.

Anyone born before 1957 is presumed to be immune to the virus and is not required to show proof of immunization.

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ADH will be holding MMR vaccine clinics on campus this week.

The best way to protect against mumps is to get the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine, as well as practicing effective respiratory hygiene — washing hands often, covering coughs and sneezes, disinfecting surfaces, not sharing food, drinks or vaping devices.