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Health officials say immunization against mumps is effective in 90-95% of cases. In confirmed cases at other colleges and universities, students who had received the vaccination have contracted the virus.

What you need to know:

  • Mumps is spread through saliva contact. Do not share eating utensils, beverage containers (glasses, cans, bottles), cigarettes, toothbrushes, etc.
  • Mumps is spread through airborne respiratory droplets through coughing or sneezing. Always cover your cough/sneeze and wash your hands frequently.
  • Mumps is contagious for three days before the onset of the swelling of the glands close to the jaw. The symptoms usually appear about 18 days after exposure but may appear between 12 and 25 days.
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soap and water and avoid public places when you are sick.
  • If you believe you have the symptoms of mumps call the Student Health and Wellness Center and make an appointment or contact your health provider immediately.
  • If you have not submitted your immunization documentation, or have not yet been vaccinated against mumps, contact the Student Health and Wellness Center. The vaccine is available free of charge at the local health department.

For complete information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/mumps/default.htm