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UD Mumps Outbreak Not Tied To Low Vaccination Rates

Apr 29, 2016

9 students at the University of Dayton have confirmed cases of the mumps and another 23 have shown symptoms. All but one of those students was fully vaccinated against the infection.

 

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All UD students are required to receive the MMR vaccine, which protects against Mumps, Measles and Rubella, before starting classes -- unless a medical condition prevents them from getting it.

Donna Youtz, the immunization coordinator with Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County, says the vaccine isn’t 100% percent effective.

“It’s about 88 percent effective if they get two doses," said Youtz. "And other than that we really don’t know why it’s not working as well as we had hoped.”

Yutz says high immunization rates help to contain the spread of the disease.

Mumps is viral infection that causes swelling of the glands, fever, and muscle aches. Outbreaks are more likely to occur is places where people are in close contact. Similar outbreaks have occurred recently at Ohio State, Fordham, and Harvard.