Dordt College News

Mumps Vaccine, information available

April 21, 2006

Free MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccinations are being offered to Dordt College students age 18-22 who are not adequately immunized or who do not have documentation of two doses of the MMR vaccine.

Community Health Partners will offer the immunizations Thursday, April 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Room 57 (adjacent to Campus Health Services) in the basement of Covenant Hall.

This free immunization clinic is being offered due to an epidemic of mumps in Iowa, with the majority of cases occurring in college students. Though there have been no reported cases on Dordt's campus, it is imperative for students to be vaccinated to prevent the spread of the disease.

Vaccination packets are available outside Campus Health Services: anyone who wants a free vacination should complete the forms in the packet and take it along to the immunization clinic. For more information, contact Campus Health Services at 6990.

A mumps fact sheet and a letter from the Iowa Department of Health have been placed on the Dordt Campus Health Center website to inform students how to prevent or slow the spread of mumps. Students are encouraged to wash hands frequently, cover mouths when coughing, and donít share eating utensils or drinking items.

The most common symptoms of mumps are fever, headache, and swollen salivary glands under the jaw. Symptoms may appear 12 - 25 days after infection, but usually within 18 days. An infected person is able to spread the disease from three days prior to the onset of symptoms to four days after. Anyone with mumps should not go back to school or work until five days after symptoms began or until they are well, whichever is longer.

Anyone coming in contact with a mumps case should have their immunization status evaluated. Those who havenít had two doses of a mumps-containing vaccine (preferably MMR vaccine) should be vaccinated. Persons who may have been exposed should contact Campus Health Services at 6990.

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